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Sport Was Magic Johnson rejoicing over reports of Paul George leaving Pacers?

11:25  19 june  2017
11:25  19 june  2017 Source:   thescore.com

Report: Lakers talking to teams about trading second pick

  Report: Lakers talking to teams about trading second pick The Los Angeles Lakers sit in a pretty darn good position heading into the 2017 NBA Draft. They are currently slated to pick second overall with former UCLA standout Lonzo Ball being the likeliest selection there. With that said, new team president Magic Johnson may very well look to make a splash during the draft itself.According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have taken calls about the second pick. More than that, first-year general manager Rob Pelinka has also made some calls about potentially dealing away the pick.

Magic Johnson Rejoices on Twitter Over Reports of Paul George leaving Pacers . — Earvin Magic Johnson (@ MagicJohnson ) June 18, 2017.

Just 23 minutes after reports initially surfaced that Paul George informed the Indiana Pacers he's leaving at the conclusion of next season and prefers to join his hometown Lakers, L.A.'s team president Magic Johnson God is so good! — Earvin Magic Johnson (@ MagicJohnson ) June 18, 2017.


The Indiana Pacers' loss could very well be the Los Angeles Lakers' gain.

Just 23 minutes after reports initially surfaced that Paul George informed the Pacers he's leaving at the conclusion of next season and prefers to join his hometown Lakers, L.A.'s team president Magic Johnson tweeted the following:

George has two years remaining on his contract with Indiana, including a player option for 2018-19 that he seems intent on using to terminate the deal. He's averaging 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals over seven seasons in Indy.

Paul George addresses trade rumors: 'I'm a Pacer'

  Paul George addresses trade rumors: 'I'm a Pacer' With rumors swirling that Paul George was going to leave the Pacers, he reaffirmed that he will be staying in Indianapolis — for now. When the Pacers star was asked if he was going to remain with the team his answer was simple. "I’m under contract as a Pacer," George said, via the IndyStar. "That’s all that needs to really be known. I’m here. I’m a Pacer."Key words: "Under contract."George, who is set to make $19.5 million next season before a player option in 2018, also denied the rampant rumors he is being courted by other teams, especially by the Lakers."They’re all crazy, but they’re all expected," George said.

Paul George , who averaged 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals over seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers , made it clear over the weekend that he will be taking his talents elsewhere after the 2017-2018 season. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@ MagicJohnson ) June 18, 2017.

Magic Johnson Rejoices on Twitter Over Reports of Paul George leaving Pacers . — Earvin Magic Johnson (@ MagicJohnson ) June 18, 2017.

Johnson has made his interest in recruiting the All-Star swingman as clear as possible without violating the league's tampering rules.

Related - Magic: I can't ask Paul George to join Lakers, but I'll be 'wink-winking'

But then again, that tweet was sandwiched between a couple others about Father's Day, so the timing could merely be a coincidence.

We prefer to think it isn't.

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The Pacers have turned their Paul George headache into a potential trade jackpot .
What could have been a disaster now could be a bonanza for the Pacers.With their superstar reportedly telling the franchise he would bolt after next season and preferred to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pacers were put in an extremely tough position: If the NBA world knew George was out in 2018 and that he was leaning toward the Lakers, there wouldn't be much of a point in dealing assets for a one-year rental. From Los Angeles's perspective, Magic Johnson could sit back and wait until George hit free agency.

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