Last [season], I didn't get a chance to start with this team fresh. When questioned on this, George said these conversations were “mostly about fishing”. The Lakeshow thought so, too… not that he was going to ship out to China, but that he’d be joining the famed purple and gold. But sources told ESPN on Tuesday that it remains unclear whether the sides can agree to trade terms before the draft, given Indiana's desire to acquire the Lakers' No. Years of playoff disappointment had gotten to his head, and he wanted out of Indy. Fast forward to the 2019 offseason. I grew up watching Kobe, when I first fell in love with the game and I'm outside playing in front of the house I'm not picturing myself in a Indiana jersey or a Thunder jersey. Daryl Morey reveals playoff scenario that would be ‘HUGE’ advantage for Rockets. Now, I’m no genius, but after hearing this, I would probably bet George is giving a good, hard look at signing with the Lakers. The team had their eye on some big free agents, and George was a lock to come to L.A., right? The team literally likened him to revolutionary icons and symbolically raised his jersey to the rafters, then shipped him out to Detroit. And the Lakers are fielding a team with one of the greatest of all time, plus a unibrowed wonder. It’s another twist of the knife for Lakers fans, who have been steadily coming down from Sunday’s elation of landing James. 1 pick, This Lakers-Thunder trade teams up Chris Paul with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, 5 teams who should consider trading for Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, on Golden State Warriors: The Early Case For Stephen Curry To Be MVP in 2018-2019, on Oklahoma City Thunder: 4 Bold Predictions for the 2018-19 NBA Season, Golden State Warriors: The Early Case For Stephen Curry To Be MVP in 2018-2019, 3 reasons the Los Angeles Clippers should consider trading Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder: 4 Bold Predictions for the 2018-19 NBA Season. But after the Pacers dealt the five-time All-Star to the Oklahoma City Thunder instead last year, he fell in love with his new team and playing with Russell Westbrook before eventually agreeing to a four-year, $137 million contract extension this past offseason. You know, LeBron James. More from Yahoo Sports: • Dwight Howard reportedly headed to the Washington Wizards • Ex-OSU wrestlers accuse Ohio congressman of knowing of sexual abuse • Japanese team leaves World Cup dressing room spotless even after loss • Chargers OT says NFL needs guaranteed contracts. Paul George revealed to ESPN's The Undefeated that he "would have been in a Lakers uniform" if he had never been traded from the Indiana Pacers. George returns to Los Angeles for the first time since deciding to re-sign with Oklahoma City to play the LA Clippers on Friday. Anyway, Brian Shaw, a former Pacers coach who then moved back to work with the Lakers, had extensive conversations with George during the period before he was traded to OKC. Your email address will not be published. Paul George twisted the knife for Lakers fans Tuesday, confirming that he did want to play for Lakers before being traded to the Thunder. The Lakers were still hit with a $500,000 fine, making it the most expensive fishing conversation in history. But despite the Thunder's shortcomings last season, George liked what he saw for the future with Westbrook signed long term, so he re-signed. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram in a trade for George, knowing that the Pacers' All-Star hopes to sign with his hometown Lakers as a free agent in July 2018. Of their two stars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, it’s George who is viewed as more expendable. On the bright side, there’s still hope for Kawhi Leonard, even if that now feels like prospect for another year. After a disappointing season a year ago, the […]. Had that trade never went down, had I played one more year in Indy, I would have been in a Lakers uniform.". Teams with a known willingness to gamble -- such as Boston, Houston and, of course, Cleveland -- might be willing to surrender quality trade assets, believing they can persuade the 27-year-old George to reconsider his plans for 2018. Jason Owens is a writer for Yahoo Sports. ESPN's Chris Haynes contributed to this report. But it wasn’t enough for George to give the Lakers his talents. Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. Ironic, and devastating to L.A. George made it even worse in his post signing interviews, saying things like “had I played one more year in Indy, I would have been in a Lakers uniform,” and “I wanted to come (to LA) a year ago, prior to going to OKC. For the second time, the hometown kid had shattered his team’s heart. […], Russell Westbrook and Paul George are heading into the 2018-19 NBA season hoping to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder back to serious contention in the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook announced he was throwing a large mansion party with no expenses spared the night before George could sign a new contract. I wanted to get to it right away this time and start creating early.". 2 pick in the 2017 draft or Brandon Ingram,” Wojnarowski said on The Woj Pod . Before that trade, George was most intrigued by the thought of being dealt to the Lakers. In case you can’t tell, that voice right there is Paul George, and this video was released just before he had the option to sign with any team in the league. The Lakers reportedly could have pulled off a trade for George, but they were unwilling to let go with two of their most coveted assets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 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But when the Oklahoma City Thunder traded for him last year, they missed their chance. He confirmed that he indeed wanted to return his his hometown L.A. and play for the Lakers. The Clips looked like a longshot. Something like, “Hey Paul, how about you come fishing… in a Lakers uniform.”. 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Now they’re looking at a reality of James and a cast of rogue veterans joining the young core of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram instead of the what-could-have-been of James, Cousins and George joining forces to challenge the Golden State Warriors’ reign in the West. Paul George twisted the knife for Lakers fans Tuesday, confirming that he did want to play for Lakers before being traded to the Thunder. The Lakers fan base was disappointed, but hopeful. And whenever there is an arms race, the Lakers are there. 2 selection to draft UCLA guard Lonzo Ball and never dealt Ingram. Paul George informed the Pacers front office he did not intend to resign with the team when his contract ended in 2018 season. It all started in June of 2017. "Going toward the summer and going toward free agency, I kind of had my mind made up talking with the team, talking with Russ and talking with the front-office," George said. The Thunder is in a better position to keep Paul George than it was when it traded for him last summer, but the Lakers remain a threat. Is Lonzo Ball the newest contestant, Whatchamacallit, on Fox's 'The Masked Singer'? “I wanted to come here a year ago prior to going to OKC. Leonard is untouchable, except when he wants out of a situation, as he did in San Antonio. (1:36). One team source went as far Tuesday as saying there's "zero chance" they'd surrender Thursday night's No. Update: Paul George – Celtics – Lakers, NBA trade rumors Posted on June 27, 2017 comments By Metro Paul George looks to blow by Celtics forward Jae Crowder in 2015-16. Instead, the Lakers were misled, ignored and arguably screwed over by PG-13. Looking ahead to the NBA offseason, here are four teams who should call the Los Angeles Clippers about a potential Paul George trade. “The Pacers would’ve done a deal to trade Paul George to the Lakers if they got the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft or forward Brandon Ingram, a source said. The Lakers had the key piece to make such a move as they owned the No. The Lakers denied all accusations, but you’d have to be pretty naive to believe they had a shot at one of the best players in the world and just decided to completely stay away. I wanted to play in L.A. That is where I wanted to go. The Lakers hoped to meet with the Palmdale, California, native during free agency this past July in hopes of signing him. Nachdem George zwei Jahre an der Fresno State Universität gespielt hatte, wurde er bei der NBA-Draft 2010 an 10. George, who just the previous year had claimed he was committed to the OKC cause, demanded a trade to his hometown and received it when the Clippers sent a boatload of picks over to Oklahoma. LAKERS is a registered trademark of the Los Angeles Lakers LLC. Partner of iOne Digital / Cassius Network. The Los Angeles Clippers are at a crossroads. Paul George was recently a guest on the Knuckleheads podcast and he had some interesting things to say about why he demanded a trade from the Indiana Pacers.
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