Indiana Pacers star Paul George is now included in the latest NBA trade rumors. The 6′9″ forward is reportedly going to Los Angeles Lakers to become its new star player. As a replacement, the Lakers might send Metta World Peace to the Pacers.
As we already know, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant will not be going to play for Lakers next season. With their biggest superstar gone, D'Angelo Russell and the rest of the Lakers team have to survive until the playoffs.
On the other hand, Indiana Pacers made some changes on their player lineup. They brought guard Jeff Teague and forward Thaddeus Young during the offseason. The two are boost big boost for the team's offense. Also, they are expected to deliver Larry Bird's wishes to have fast-paced and offense-driven Pacers.
As of now, the Lakers will be an easy prey for much stronger teams like the Oklahoma City Thunders and Toronto Raptors. But if they want to have strong lineup next season, they need an offensive player that can shoot three-points and drive to the basket. As we mentioned earlier, George might be shipped to Lakers as replacement for Bryant.
In terms playing of style, Bryant and George have a lot in common. Both have efficient post moves, slashing ability and decent ball handling skills. Plus, they are both good in one-on-one plays.
With that said, George could become the new face of the Lakers following Bryant's retirement.
Meanwhile, for Metta World Peace, he can provide good defense for the Pacers. While the guards are manning the offensive load, the veteran forward can concentrate on preventing opponents from scoring.
Aside from World Peace, the Lakers might also send one of their point guards to compensate for George's value.
Interestingly, an article from Bleacher Report says Larry Bird is willing to offer max contract for George next season to encourage him to stay in the Pacers. The details of the rumored lucrative contract extension are not yet revealed, but it is definitely big.
In the 2015-16 Season, George averages 23.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, which is a quite amazing feat considering that he suffered a serious leg injury before the season starts. The 26-year-old forward also led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, where they lost to the Raptors.
For now, we advise readers to take trade rumors about George with precaution. The Pacers and Lakers have not yet confirmed the deal.