As you might or might not now, the Los Angeles Lakers lost in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes this summer and will head into next summer with quite a lot of cap space. Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are two players that the Lakers will be trying to sign in 2014, but another name that has been brought up is Paul George, who will be a restricted free agent next summer.
While George is flattered by the interest, he has no intention of leaving the Indiana Pacers right now.
Asked Monday if he’s been following all the lobbying in Lakerland, George told ESPN.com: “I’m happy, man. I’m happy in Indiana. It’s overwhelming (to hear) that they would want a player like me to come play for their team. But right now I’m focused on Indiana. I’m happy to be in Indiana. Our future is bright in Indiana. I wouldn’t want to leave something great.”
George rose to NBA stardom last season and won the Most Improved Player award. Marc Stein’s report also states that it’s essentially a foregone conclusion that George will be signing a max extension before heading into the final year of his contract.