Lakers rumors: Why the Lakers are the most intriguing for Paul George

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 03: Paul George (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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2. The long-term future of the Lakers is bright

There are only two teams that I would argue have a future as bright as the Los Angeles Lakers; the Philadelphia 76ers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Philadelphia has Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and yet another high draft pick this year to form a special team for years to come. Minnesota has Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are not as far along as those other teams, but their ceiling may be higher. Where the 76ers and Timberwolves are great, the Lakers have four guys that could all be all-stars in just two or three years. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma is a special group of guys.

Let’s also not forget Josh Hart, who has emerged as a great depth asset for the Lakers and can blossom into the prototype NBA sixth man.

This alone is salivating for Paul George. While the Lakers may not be able to produce a title as early as next year, the team does have to wait for the Golden State Warriors’ to end the run with the throne.

While that happens, George can lead the Lakers back to the playoffs, giving the young guys some much-needed experience in the process. The Lakers can finally add cap space in two more years with Luol Deng‘s contract expiring, giving the team enough cap to re-sign Ingram, Ball and Kuzma.

Heck, the Lakers could even take a risk and package Deng with Josh Hart this offseason for an expiring deal, giving the team a chance to bring in that second superstar in 2019. Whichever route the team takes, the future is bright.