I doubt Paul George would leave a team that gets beat in the playoffs for a team that isn't making the playoffs.
If anything he'd go to a team that has a better chance in the playoffs but can still create the space to max him. Such as a Houston, Portland or San Antonio. Whom will all be pursuing him. I doubt he says no to those three and yes to the Lakers. If he was 24 maybe, but he'll be 28-29 and nearing the end of his prime, he doesn't have the time to wait 3-4 seasons on us.
You've been down on George coming here for a while. Even though all year report after report says he WANTS to play here. This came out when we were awful and showed no signs of improvement. Some players care about things other than just going to an already stacked team to win. Look at Blake, he just took the money to stay on a team that has no shot. Melo did the same thing years ago. The knicks had no chance close to the bulls to contend against lebron, but Melo WANTED to stay in NY and took the money. How is that different from our situation? Please do not get in the semantics of the power in the east. The truth is Lebron was looking down at everyone from up top and only Melo to the bulls had a chance to contend. Yet, a player chose to take money and stay where he WANTED to even though he had NO shot to compete. Melo was also older at the time.
Some want money, some want rings, so why is it hard to believe some want to be the top dog in the city they love? I understand in the past we have been burned by sticking on the hope that LA draws people. However, this is completely different. PG13 has told many (based on reports) that he WANTS to be here. We have sucked for the past few years, but yet report after report he wants to be here. In the prior years the pipe dream was people will want to be in LA because its LA and that will draw them. The difference is in we know PG13 WANTS to be in LA. Wanting to be in LA is much different than us hoping LA draws uninterested parties here.
There is no difference between having 30 wins or losing in the 2nd round in the current set up of the nba. If you are losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs that means you have no real shot against the top dogs. The difference between the top teams in the conference and the lower seeds is negligible for those that don't make it because neither squad has a chance against the top seed. Add in that sucking and having cap space is actually more enticing than having money tied up and still being a few pieces away right now. GS is way up at the top. A few notches down is the spurs and then the cavs. If you aren't on one of those squads there is no difference between being a 3rd seed or 15th.
Based on your assessment we never had a shot at PG13, even if we traded he would dash. So until we draft gems and let them grow for 3 years we have no shot at any free agent, not even those that allegedly WANT to be here. Why make any deal then? Unless our young players become studs we have no chance to get any worthwhile FA according to your logic. Might as well ask management to sit on their hands and we just pray our top picks become the next best thing.
Edited by PhillyLaker24, July 02, 2017 - 10:07 AM.