Lakers rumors: Lakers 'confident' they'll get Paul George in 2018

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 20, 2017

Why? Well, under the current CBA, there's a clause called the designated veteran extension, which depends on a player making an All-NBA team in the year before he signs the extension, or in two of the previous three years. It's not a huge surprise, as both players were right on the edge, but the results could have enormous ramifications.

So, to allow for even more of a hometown edge, the National Basketball Association added an extra rule.

Because by missing out on All-NBA status, neither player is eligible for the 5-year, $207 million Super Max contract.

On the other side of the coin, it's interesting to hear that the Hawks went to such great lengths to try to acquire George. One of those votes was for the All-NBA first team.

George has been previously named third team All-NBA in 2012-13, '13-14 and '15-16. Then if he makes All-NBA next season, he'd be eligible for the DPVE and able to get a lot more money from the Jazz.

IN will still have that option if George makes an All-NBA team next year, but it would also risk allowing PG-13 to walk in free agency without getting anything in return. Technically, George could still make that list in the 2017-18 season, but in is now sitting in a position where it could lose its most valuable asset and get nothing in return.

George can opt out of his IN contract after next season, but he could have been eligible for a massive extension if he had made one of the three all-NBA teams, which were announced Thursday. Other teams can only offer George a maximum of four years at roughly $130 million. And now, General Manager Kevin Pritchard and the Pacers have some serious work to do if they wish to keep George in IN for years to come.

Woj added that he believes the Lakers are being told not to give up any assets in a trade for the Pacers forward because George would want the team to be as good as possible when he arrives. Additionally, these extensions can have annual raises of 7.5% compared to the four-year contracts, worth 30% of the cap, with 4.5% yearly raises that other teams can offer.

There have been so many reports linking Paul George to the Lakers that it's hard to keep track of all of them.

They want to hold onto the 27-year-old, and he wouldn't mind staying with them, but the caveat is that they need to turn into a contender.

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