One of the best ways to waste summer’s NBA downtime is to look at the pile of money the Los Angeles Lakers are setting on fire and imagine better ways to do it. Yahoo! is no stranger to this game, so when Marc J. Spears writes a thing about Paul George having a contract to sign soon and the Lakers not having to pay Dwight Howard, stuff gets strewn and pulses quicken until a point is reached.
It’s a bit ironic, though. The bust L.A. just signed for the league minimum was supposed to be at least a shadow of the guy the Lakers are supposed to just take from Indy — never mind they’d be wooing him from Larry freaking Bird on top of that pie in the sky, but go ahead:
Of course, Pacers fans might not have too much reason to worry about the Lakers trying to lure away George. Indiana has until Oct. 31 to sign George to a long-term extension, and Pacers president Larry Bird recently told 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis the team plans to make George a “major” offer. If George doesn’t sign an extension this summer, he will become a restricted free agent after the season. Even then, the Pacers will have the right to match any offer he receives.
Indiana can’t offer near the same luxuries off the court that Los Angeles does. Still, George is excited about the future of the Pacers, including the recent re-signing of forward David West.
George also is happy that Bird and Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard are at USA Basketball’s minicamp to support him. The Lakers, meanwhile, are transitioning after Dwight Howard departed in free agency for the Houston Rockets.
“I’m happy to be in Indiana,” George said. “I’m happy to be where I am. If I was going to leave Indiana and come to the Lakers, it just wouldn’t be a smart move for me. We got a great thing going right now.”