Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Paul George has told the Pacers he will not re-sign in 2018, and that he plans to link up with the Lakers as a free agent. Reports from Zach Lowe and others suggest that now that it’s all out there on the table, Indiana wants to move quickly to trade George before Thursday’s NBA draft.
This is a quick turnabout for George, who just last week professed his love and commitment to Indiana while hosting a local charity event. Based on the timeline that has trickled out, his agent had already told the team he was gone when that event happened.
George can’t force a trade, especially not to the Lakers. It seems L.A. isn’t fully on board with trading assets for a player it plays to sign as a free agent in another year. Here are the ways he could get to the Lakers in any event.
The other team mentioned prominently early on: the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gulp.
Sunday’s Paul George news briefly overshadowed a Saturday blockbuster: The Celtics agreed to trade the No. 1 pick to the 76ers for No. 3 and either the Lakers’ 2018 pick (if it lands in the two-to-five range) or the Kings’ 2019 pick. That allows Philadelphia to draft Markelle Fultz (who visited the team in hilariously hyped fashion on Saturday) and validates Sam Hinkie’s experiment. But what’s in it for the Celtics? I looked at all of the angles.
The Lakers had been trying to move up for Fultz and/or praying Boston passed on him for Josh Jackson. What do the Lakers do now if they keep the pick?
Sixers fans thanked Michael Carter-Williams for his unwitting role in the Fultz trade on Twitter. At first, he was confused.
Brilliant journey through the Trade That Killed The Nets, by Stefan Bondy.
Playing pick-up with a human goal is pretty inventive.
A trip through NBA weight-lifting Instagram.
Dang, De’Aaron Fox! He claims he dropped 39 points on Lonzo Ball in the Sweet 16 just to shut LaVar Ball up. (Ron Howard voice: It did not shut LaVar Ball up.)