Lakers Rumors: Targeting Paul George Would End Poorly for L.A. in 2014

According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, All-Star small forward Paul George has been deflecting comments about potentially signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014. George, a native of California, has joined LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony as players on Los Angeles' radar.

If the Lakers think that they have anything close to an outside chance of landing George in 2014, however, they will be disappointed.

George opened up on the situation after a recent Team USA practice, telling Spears that he's constantly hearing chatter about him coming to the Lakers. For every person telling George to leave the Indiana Pacers, however, comes another reason for George to feel cherished.

Just not in the way that Lakers fans were hoping.

"'Paul, are you coming to L.A.? Let's get you in L.A.' That's all I've been hearing since I've been out here," George told Yahoo! Sports after Monday's practice at USA Basketball minicamp.

"Everywhere I go [in L.A.] they say, 'We want you here. Don't sign with the Pacers,' " George said. "I hear that constantly. It's getting a little repetitive … but I'm getting used to it.

"I understand it. I can't really be mad about it. It's a great feeling when people in the stands really want you."

The Lakers may want George, and he could even desire to join them—it just isn't going to happen in 2014.

This is more news that can be thrown into your inbox folder titled, "Why are you telling me this?" It's not news that the Lakers are targeting James, 'Melo and George, because everyone will be targeting three of the NBA's premier players.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, George is not going to be joining them in 2014.


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