Los Angeles Lakers Trade Rumors: Paul George To Lakers In 2014?
ESPN Radio 710 hosts Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson brought up this possibility during Thursday's show. While it is unknown if the Lakers will pursue George, they should have ample cap room after next season to make a run at him.
So, what needs to happen for George to be a Laker in two years? George is eligible to get his contract extended after this season from his rookie deal and if he were to decline that offer, which could be for four-years and $40 million, he would become a restricted free-agent in the summer of ’13-14.
George would be a restricted free agent at the time, provided his rookie contract is not extended. He then could test the free agent market in an attempt to get more money, and the Lakers in return could sign him to a poison-pill contract that the Pacers could not match.
And more from another source(2nd link): If George does reject the Pacers offer, the Lakers would be in prime position to offer him a contract as a restricted free agent. To ensure that the Pacers wouldn’t match the offer, the Lakers could put a “poison pill” into the contract, making it detrimental to the Pacers if they were to match the offer.
It seems that it is possible if his rookie contract wasn't extended and he was a restricted free agent by the 2014 off-season.
but... WOW ... that means that if Paul George refuses to extend his rookie contract(which is his choice) in the off-season the Lakers would have enough cap space in 2014 to basically steal him from the Pacers because they could give him a "poison pill" contract the Pacers wouldn't be able to match.
Which basically means if George declines to extend his rookie contract in Indiana our chances of getting him in the 2014 off-season are extremely high because we could make him an offer the Pacers wouldn't be able to match without crippling the team....and thus we'd claim him right from under the Pacers noses. The advantage of him being "restricted" in 2014 is that we'd be the ones making the offer, and if we make the "poison pill" offer(which we would), the Pacers couldn't match it and we'd claim George. He's one "restricted" free agent that's team couldn't match our offer. So if we want him, he's ours basically.
Well THIS certainly made my day!!
i'll go out on a limb and say that given this new information, should George choose NOT to extend his rookie contract this off-season, the Lakers will have him in 2014.
Edited by Majesty, May 24, 2013 - 09:12 PM.