Paul George focused on legacy, improving Lakers

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Hayward might want to leave this offseason for a team like the Boston Celtics who is now closer to being a title competitor than the Jazz.

George was not among the six forwards selected to the three teams Thursday. If not, the Lakers will wait for George to opt out of his player's option next season to be able to sign him.

The Pacers could still offer an extension to George this summer, but he doesn't have as much financial incentive to sign one.

Leonard has now made it two years in a row. According to Yahoo's Bobby Marks, a DPVE extension could have paid George about $207 million over five years (through the '22-23 season). The full breakdown of the All-NBA teams is below.

Klay Thompson made All-NBA last year but not this year, so he would have to do it again next year to qualify.

George and Hayward will receive max deals whether they stay put on their current team or sign with another franchise in the offseason as unrestricted free agents.

The question is whether or not the Pacers want to take that risk. There's also the qualification of a player being traded nullifying their eligibility for this extension, and thus if you aren't eligible with your own team anyway it could mean more demanded trades before free agency hits.

Ultimately, LA could use Indiana's expected desperation to move George and give the Pacers a contract or two that would make space that could allow the Lakers to potentially attract another marquee free agent to play alongside the four-time All-Star. George demurred from answering on the show, but the rumor mill keeps right on churning.

The big National Basketball Association news that emerged Thursday could mean that, by next summer, Pacers star Paul George will be a member of the Lakers. Will the Lakers use them to get Paul George?

"I think Boston preserves its cap space and goes really hard after Hayward on July 1". However, George to the Lakers seems to be the hottest one at the moment, and it seems like George himself believes he can help the L.A. Lakers return to their glory years.

Kimmel shared an anecdote about a player who was going to workout with Bryant and was told Kobe would pick him up at four, only to be left wondering where Bryant was. So if the Pacers were to trade George this summer, he'd no longer be eligible, even if he were selected to an All-NBA team in a new uniform next season. With new president Magic Johnson on hand during the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday, the Lakers received the second overall pick in the annual event later this year.

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