Paul George ‘wanted to go home’ to play for Lakers; his hometown hopes he still does – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — When Paul George decided that after seven seasons he no longer wished to player for the Indiana Pacers, he approached the team’s management and asked them to trade him to the Lakers.

“I wanted to go home,” George said Wednesday morning, hours before leading the Oklahoma City Thunder into Staples Center. “Simple as that.”

With George speaking wistfully about what might have been last summer, his hometown is holding out hope for what could still be. The Lakers have failed to recruit top free agents each of the last four summers, but they have built their strategy for the 2018 offseason around signing two superstars to lead a young core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.

They hope one of those stars will be George, who grew up an hour from downtown Los Angeles.

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