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Lakers and Pacers at ‘standstill,’ but ‘highly likely’ Paul George trade happens before 2017 NBA Draft

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We do now have a better idea of what deal is on the table, however.

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NBA: Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Lakers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers’ and Indiana Pacers’ marathon of negotiating a Paul George trade through the media continued unabated Tuesday, although apparently leaks being a good idea are the only thing the two organizations can currently agree on.

According to Mark Medina of the Southern California News Group, the teams are “currently at standstill” in talks centered on Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson and the 27th and 28th picks. That’s identical to the offer that Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Lakers would put on the table, and it’s unclear how the two sides will reach an agreement.

While they wait, the Pacers will continue talking to other teams, according to Medina, who reports that it’s “highly likely” George is traded before the draft on Thursday.

The rumor mill is going to continue to churn, and it doesn’t seem likely the Lakers will up their offer a whole lot from what it currently is as long as it’s clear George is still “hell-bent” on coming to Los Angeles. The only way to find out for sure is to wait and see.

Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.