Paul George to Train with Kobe Bryant, 'Pick His Brain'

Postado Mai 19, 2017

The Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz can't be particularly pleased with the 2017 All-NBA teams. Conversely, a snub cost some star players millions.

Paul George was a guest Monday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Given the team's struggles since back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals appearances (2013 and 2014), George may be too much of a flight risk-leading to a summer trade. Still, the notion that the Hawks offered four first-round picks in exchange for his services does speak to something in terms of mindset for Atlanta.

"We would really like him to become a Laker", Kimmel said.

As for total votes, James Harden actually beat out LeBron James as one voter put the Cavs star on the second team whereas the Rockets guard got every first-team vote. The fact that the Pacers will not have the option to provide George with the big pay upgrade could impact George's decision whether or not to sign an extension with IN this off-season and where he signs IN 2018 if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. IN has the flexibility to offer him the most money if he re-signs with the team.

Hayward is in a similar situation as George, except that he has a player option for next season (which he'll need to exercise or decline before July 1).

George will enter the free agency market through the 2018-2019 season after signing a $91.5 million contract over five years with the Indiana Pacers.

It was George's best shooting year of his career, making 46 percent of his shots from the field.

There are some parameters around the deal that are understandable, particularly the stipulation requiring a player to remain with the team that drafted him. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, however, the Lakers are unlikely to trade for George because of one important reason: They think they can get him as a free agent in 2018. They'll make a combined $72 million this season.

Leonard has now made it two years in a row.

Denver Nuggets' Serbian sensation Nikola Jokic exploded into the upper-echelon of National Basketball Association talent this past season and clearly solidified himself as one of the league's star players. That's why, hopefully, there are calls being made to Los Angeles this week.