The Paul George rumor mill is never going to stop churning. Until he recommits to the Indiana Pacers or puts on a different jersey, people are going to keep reporting, speculating and tweeting about his next destination.
The latest update comes from Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, who tweeted that there is “no sense of [George] being shopped let alone dealt” on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft.
That doesn’t necessarily mean George won’t be dealt, any student of NBA history is well aware that deals have come together in much shorter time than a week. Still, it sounds like fans of the Los Angeles Lakers shouldn’t hold their breathe for George ending up on the team this offseason.
In a way, this is probably good news for the Lakers. The longer the Pacers dither on trading George, the less likely it is that a) the Lakers give up assets for him instead of trying to bring him in as a free agent and b) that he gets dealt somewhere else, finds happiness, and re-signs with that team instead of making a homecoming to Los Angeles.
The NBA Draft is June 22. When George ends up in a Lakers uniform is still undetermined.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.