Mayhem, chaos, speculation. That’s what it’s like for NBA fans right now.
Just weeks into the 2017 Offseason, we’ve been hit with a barrage news and rumors from all corners of the NBA. The latest came from Indiana, where Paul George just announced to his team that he’d be leaving in the summer of 2018.
That’s right, Paul George is officially on the market. While many scenarios could intrigue the Indiana star, one team, in particular, has his attention: The Los Angeles Lakers.
With all indications the PG is ready to come to L.A, the Lakers have a bit of a problem before they can make it happen.
They don’t have enough room to sign him. Mitch Kupchak, as great as he may be, doomed the Lakers by signing big (and senseless) contracts to Luol Deng (4 years, $72 million), Timofey Mozgov (4 years, $15 million), and Jordan Clarkson (4 year, $50 million). Now, in an effort to make a run at George, the Lakers have one year to get rid of at least one of them if they want to have enough cap space for PG13.
One other option? They could let Julius Randle leave, who’s currently one of their brightest young stars. Obviously though, that’s not the way they prefer to go.
It’s time for the countdown begin. Out of all the suitors for Paul George (in Free Agency and in trade talks), Los Angeles seems to have the upper hand. If they can’t find someone to take either Deng, Mozgov, or Clarkson than it could lead to the team missing out on a huge opportunity.
Luol, Mozgov and Clarkson can always say they were Lakers. But their time playing for the Purple and Gold seems to be running out. In their place? Hopefully a proven, unmatched Superstar.