George, who turned 27 on Tuesday, can opt out of his contract after the 2017-18 season. According to USA Today's Sam Amick, he is "still hell-bent" on joining the Lakers after Larry Bird stepped down as Indiana's team president.
Bird's old on-court rival and new Lakers president Magic Johnson will prove more instrumental than Disneyland visitors in bringing George to the Lakers. If George's departure from Indiana seems inevitable, the Lakers may need to execute a trade before next summer.
[Twitter, h/t Busted Coverage's Joe Kinsey]