Whether they list him as an All-Pro [or not], he's an All-Pro for us.
He may be retired, but Kobe Bryant still sparks fear in players who have a chance to work out with him.
The Pacers finished 42-40 this season and were bounced out of the first round of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. But if the Pacers, Lakers or Celtics have eyes to get a deal done, a third team getting involved isn't out of the question. The young Lakers are without such a player.
George also said that he tends to root for the team that knocked him out of the playoffs, as confirmation that it was a hard opponent, and that he will sometimes text National Basketball Association players he's close with if he sees something that he feels he can help with. IN is hoping that he makes the All-NBA Third Team, which would allow them to offer him a massive extension that no other team could come close to matching.
As a reminder, George has a player option on his contract at the end of the 2017-18 season, so more than likely, the Southern California native will be a free agent in 2018 anyhow.
The Lakers front office, led by general manager Rob Pelinka, need to weigh a blockbuster trade for George. However, the Pacers' biggest advantage in re-signing George (though they can still offer more money than other teams) is gone, and they're going to have consider his future a lot sooner than perhaps expected. That's important. He wants to win. Analysts believed the two sides were a flawless fit for one another because Boston is a team full of tradeable assets, but are also perhaps one star wing player away from contending with Cleveland in the playoffs. Considering the most that another team could offer once he hits free agency next summer is a four-year, $130 deal, George lost out on a ton of cash.
Expect to see the Pacers be extremely active in free agency and on the trade market this offseason. That they have the second overall pick in this year's draft, and could choose a dynamic player with it does too.
The Lakers have the No. 2 pick next month and could attempt to trade for George, but why pay such a high price if you believe you can sign him in a year without losing anything? The fact that the Los Angeles Clippers slightly underwhelmed may have played into this, as well as the fact that Paul's basic numbers weren't all that gaudy.