League sources tell @RamonaShelburne and me: The Pacers and Lakers have engaged on Paul George trade talks in advance of Thursday's draft.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 20, 2017
George has already made it clear he plans to join the Lakers after next year, but the Lakers could elect to add him now to prevent a team like the Cavaliers from trading for George and then convincing him to stay.
It's unclear what exactly the Pacers want in a trade, but with George serving as just a one-year rental for any non-Lakers team, they likely won't get much. The Lakers are reportedly won't give up Brandon Ingram or the No. 2 pick in any trade.
If a trade does happen, it will likely come before or during the NBA Draft. The Pacers, without Paul George, will look to start their rebuild.
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