Amid rumors that the Los Angeles Lakers’ newly appointed President of basketball operations Magic Johnson has contacted the Pacers on availability of Paul George, many Los Angeles fans have become concerned for the teams future.
The price for Paul George will definitely be high considering his superstar status but would it be worth it for the Lakers to deal one of their promising pieces? George is only 26 and still getting better so he could definitely grow with whatever pieces are still there if he joined the team. However, Pacers would presumably want a package deal of Jordan Clarkson and either Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle or even D’angelo Russell. If not a couple of them.
Magic’s reasoning for pushing for George is that he thought former General Manager Mitch Kupchak, failed to bring in big names. So he wants to be successful in doing so. The most recent flop of Kupchak’s was the last straw. According to reports, that was when he failed to land DeMarcus Cousins. Magic desperately wants a superstar in purple and gold, despite previously saying he wants to develop the younger guys and see where it takes them.
The question here is whether or not you trade unknown talent for proven talent. I think the Lakers definitely should if only Clarkson and Randle are traded. Clarkson is a solid player but doesn’t seem like he’s going to get much better from here on out. Randle is the tougher one to deal but you have to give up something good to get an all star right? Unless you’re the Pelicans of course, but in all seriousness Randle is a double-double guy but there will be more double-double guys available.
This would also give Larry Nance Jr. the starting power forward spot, which I think he could get you a near double-double on a nightly basis as well plus all the intangibles he brings to the court.
While trading for Paul George would bring excitement back to the Lakers franchise, trading Russell and Ingram could be a huge mistake as they are widely seen as the two players with the highest potential on the roster. If Magic could get a deal on the table that the Pacers would agree to without those two though, he has to pull the trigger and bring excitement back to Los Angeles.