Indiana Pacers forward Paul George did not get selected for the 2017 All-NBA Team, announced today (May 18th), which causes the All Star to lose out on a huge extension from the team.
If George made the All-NBA selection team, he would have been eligible to be signed to a super-max contract of 5 years, $207 million with the Pacers, giving another extra incentive for him to be a Pacer making almost $80 million more than what any team could offer.
Now without the selection, George can only be offered just under $50 million more than any other team, including the Los Angeles Lakers, when he becomes a free agent after next season.
According to The Vertical, they report that the Lakers have a strong belief that they will land George in 2018, whether he is traded next year or not.
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) May 18, 2017
George has always been linked to the Lakers after having grown up in Southern California. In April, the Sporting News reported this about the future of Paul George: “A SoCal native, [George] has been talking about playing for his hometown team, the Lakers, for a long time. He’s never made his long-term intentions a secret within the Pacers’ locker room, according to former teammates. He wants to wear the purple and gold.”