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3 Reasons why the Los Angeles Lakers shouldn’t sign Paul George this Summer

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Would PG-13 Be a Good Sequel For The Lakers?

July 6th, 2017 the Indiana Pacers traded Paul George aka PG-13 to the Oklahoma City Thunder and received Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Indiana may have traded Paul after making a comment to his friend about his interest in playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.

PG-13 has made it clear that he wants to put on Lakers jersey. But would George be a good fit in LA? Currently the 27-year-old is averaging 20.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. (Per the NBA)

The numbers may not look like vintage PG-13, but his stats are impressive considering the fact that he has to share the ball with two other stars in Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.

However, if you look closely at his stats he only averaged a combined 3.8 points more in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season. Obviously, the 2015-16 season was impressive because of how he bounced back from that awful leg injury. (Per the NBA)

When you analyze the 6-foot-9 forward’s game you fall in love with his ability to spot up and shoot, slash to the bucket and his ability to defend multiple positions.

OKC is a great fit for the four-time All-Star, but he may still want to take his talents to the Staples Center. As everyone may know, the president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has made it clear that the team plans to sign a big-time free agent this summer. (Maybe two if they’re lucky)

Although George has made his desire of playing for the Lakers well known, I still don’t think it would be a good fit for either party.

Reason number one-Brandon Ingram:

Outside of the fact that Ingram played for the illustrious Duke University the second-year player is progressing. Last year Ingram averaged 9.4 points, 2.1 assists and 4 rebounds per game. (Per the NBA)  Johnson has advocated for the forward many times.

When trade rumors have swirled around the 20-year-old, Johnson has continued to shut down the trade rumors.

Although PG-13 is a better player, Ingram is only 20-years-old and has plenty of upside. The former Duke blue devil is still learning the game.

This season the 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 16.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The North Carolina native has increased his scoring by 6.7 points.

Adding a veteran in George would provide drama and unnecessary tension. Not to mention PG-13 wouldn’t make sense if Magic is trying to build around their young core.

Reason number two-Young Core & Chemistry:

If the Lakers decided to sign George he could fit into the starting two guard slot. Adding the former Pacer as the starting shooting guard would be the only place that makes sense. However, I like the formula that the team currently has.

The Lakers starting line-up includes Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. In addition to the starting line-up, the bench consists of Kyle Kuzma, Larry Nance, Jordan Clarkson, Tyler Ennis and a bit of Corey Brewer.

Lakers management has made it known that they would like to build around Ball, Ingram, Kuzma and Nance. Honestly adding PG-13 could affect the growth of Kuzma and Ingram.

Reason number three-DeMarcus Cousins:

Why not go after Boogie Cousins? Think about it, the NBA has become a small ball driven league. Most teams like to stack their rosters with shooters and a big man who can stretch the floor.

Monday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the New Orleans Pelicans were not taking any calls on Cousins.

However, this does not mean that the center will not declare free agency this summer after being traded last season.

Acquiring Boogie could mean a lot for an upcoming Lakers team who are trying to figure it out after snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night.

Cousins would be a great fit for Lakers because he would be the face of the franchise, and he would have more help than what he has in New Orleans. (No offense to Anthony Davis who is balling)

Entering January Cousins is averaging 25.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Adding the former Sacramento King would provide an inside and outside game. The Lakers would also have a big man who can run the floor.

Who should the Lakers sign come this summer?