Lakers Gearing Up To Pursue One NBA Star



With the No.2 pick in hand after the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday night, the Lakers appear to be switching gears to another scenario. Los Angeles has a plethora of assets that could help them acquire some help through the trade market. In light of that, the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated on the Chris Mannix Show that the team is looking to make a big push for Paul George once again. (h/t ClutchPoints)

“If they want to get off Luol Deng’s contract or Mozgov – Mozgov is the more likely deal – let’s say a team like Brooklyn who has lots of cap space and needs picks; Brooklyn will be out there on the market looking at teams who have a bad contract they want to get off but only if they attach a good young player or a draft pick. If LA feels they can get in there and get Paul George next year, having the pick maybe allows them to get contracts off. Because otherwise, no one’s taking Mozgov or Deng’s deals off of you.”

The move of possibly either Luol Deng or Timofey Mozgov would provide them with even more salary cap space to sign George and possibly more other help. Deng and Mozgov are locked up for the next three years in deals that don’t possess out options. If they are able to unload these contract, it could be huge in the way of getting them out of the rut that the franchise has been over the last few years.

The Lakers have their eyes set on acquiring George by any means. His addition would go a long ways in helping bring the franchise back to relevance. That said, things could heat up on that front to get the All-Star forward over to Los Angeles.

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