By George: Should Lakers deal No. 2 draft pick?

Ashish Mathur

The Los Angeles Lakers should trade their N0. 2 overall draft pick to Indiana in an effort to land Pacers star forward Paul George, according to a column from Marc Spears of The Undefeated.

Of course, this would mean no Lonzo Ball in La La Land.

But as Spears wrote: "It will be hard for the Lakers to not be attracted to drafting local kid Ball, of UCLA and Big Baller Brand fame. But George is a much bigger baller."

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With all due respect to the NBA prospects, George is the best possible talent and steppingstone for the Hall of Famer and his 16-time NBA champion Lakers with a win-thirsty fan base.

George averaged a career-high 23.7 points and shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point range for the Pacers last season. The Lakers can hope that one of those stellar prospects could be as great as George, or Johnson and new general manager Rob Pelinka can develop a trade revolving around George.

The Lakers feel that they have a good chance obtaining George in free agency, but in order to do that, they'd have to surrender another entire season.

That's the opposite of new president Magic Johnson, coach Luke Walton and entire huge fan base is hoping to do. These are the Lakers. They play to win -- now.

As Spears noted, George likely would give them a better chance to do that than anyone they could pick at No. 2.