This season, Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George had his coming out party and has not hidden his desire to get paid.
Entering the final year of his contract before becoming a restricted free agent, the Pacers are eligible to extend a contract offer to George which is something they might want to do before the Los Angeles Lakers can set their sights on an offer sheet.
According to George, it would be tough to turn down an offer from the Lakers, his “hometown” team, if you will.
George said that him hypothetically joining the Lakers would certainly be a “family-favorite team.”
“Of course it would be tough (to say no to Kobe). You’re talking about playing [at] home.”
Thankfully, George made sure to give praise to his current situation in Indiana:
“My heart is still in Indiana,” the 23-year-old said. “… I’m still a Pacer, and hopefully I remain a Pacer. I’m happy where I’m at.”
The Pacers hold the cards to George’s future and it’s unlikely he’d leave Indiana after the upcoming season, but I’m sure this added a touch more desire for the Pacers to get an extension complete.