Paul George and Lakers are NBA's worst-kept secret

Paul George and Lakers are NBA's worst-kept secret

Paul George and Lakers are NBA's worst-kept secret

It was late March and Lance Stephenson had been on his couch playing video games.

This was also reflected in the lineup data. With George one year away from free agency and the Pacers stumbling through the season, rumors swirled all year about the southern California native wanting play for the Lakers. Replace Ellis with a spot-up shooter in CJ Miles and that number was a solid +7.7.

However, speculations point to a possible Damian Lillard move to the Indiana Pacers by the offseason.

IN hasn't hosted the NBA All-Star Game since 1985 but has plenty of experience staging big events, including the Super Bowl and seven NCAA men's Final Fours, along with the annual Indianapolis 500.

Either way, with or without George, the Pacers must find a way to beat LeBron James, if they are to achieve something other than disappointment.

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Danny Granger spent nine years of his National Basketball Association career with the Pacers and built a close relationship with Paul George during PG's first couple seasons in the League.

Down 11 points entering the final quarter, the Pacers once again fought back and made Cleveland work for the final victory. The Pacers, for example, wouldn't know whether George qualifies for the massive extra payout that comes with being eligible for the DPE, or if he would not, which could make the team more willing to trade him with one year left on his contract before he can become a free agent.

Silver and Simon have a long-standing friendship and the Commissioner had told the media back in January at the NBA Global Games in London that Indianapolis "should be on the top of the list" to host an All-Star Game if the franchise elected to submit a bid.

"There's going to be times because LeBron is such a great passer and such a willing passer, when that ball's there", Williams said.

PAUL GEORGE: [takes out phone] Sure.

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In four games with the Pacers in the playoffs, Stephenson averaged 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 39 percent on 3-pointers.

Do you think the Indiana Pacers should consider trading Paul George this offseason? The paradox in trading a superstar like George is that any team trading for him expects to compete for a championship, so any draft picks received aren't likely to be any good.

"Whether it be the City or the State or the CIB or the Indiana Sports Corporation or Visit Indy, the whole group of people that gets together to put things on like this, they come in a moment's notice", Fuson said.

The Clippers appear to be the ideal landing spot for George: it's L.A. with an All Star point guard.

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