Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Here's What The Lakers Are Willing To Trade For Paul George

While they nearly certainly wouldn't part with the No. 2 overall pick, the Lakers could package their other first-rounder (No. 28) with a couple of young players who would be rendered expendable by the presume selection of point guard Lonzo Ball in the draft and the acquisition of George: Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell.

National Basketball Association trade rumors are building steam a couple of days leading up to the National Basketball Association draft, with the Lakers being no exception.

Here's three options for Paul George to consider wearing in purple and gold.

As The Vertical reported, the Cavaliers have already contacted the Pacers about a potential deal for George.

With that being the case, here are three questions now facing the Utah Jazz in wake of the tidal wave of Paul George trade rumors.

It remains to be seen if the Pacers would accept such a deal from Houston, but it would be a trade the Rockets should be looking to complete.

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Such a deal would hinge on a third team being brought in to make the deal happen because the Cavaliers don't have the right assets to trade directly with the Bulls.

Ford's most recent mock draft has Fultz going to the Philadelphia 76ers, who acquired the top pick from the Boston Celtics.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that star forward Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers that he plans to leave the franchise when he becomes a free agent in 2018. D'Angelo Russell, another player the Pacers may have been intrigued by was traded a short time ago. "I've given up reading the tea leaves on that stuff and trying to figure that out but it seems like there are always some moves to make but usually they're made within the draft". If he does play for the Lakers, he won't be able to wear either one of those numbers. "The Lakers aren't giving them Brandon Ingram".

George has two years left on his current five-year deal with the Pacers, but has the ability to opt out of that contract after one more year. These are two young, talented players who George wouldn't mind playing with if he actually comes to Los Angeles next year. Feasibly, the Celtics could sign George this year and add another star this summer, which could make George want to sign long term.

"I think what's realistic is the Lakers say to them "we will give you some combination of Clarkson and Randle". George has been widely expected since the All-Star break in February to do anything he can to land with the Lakers in the summer of 2018, while Butler could become a free agent as early as July 2019. The Pacers will decide what path they'll choose when we know what package they take in return for George.

At the moment, it doesn't seem that George will stay in IN for another season [VIDEO].

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