Lakers Trade Rumors: Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Picks in Paul George Offer

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2017

Indiana Pacers' Paul George in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated Atlanta 104-86. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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The Los Angeles Lakers already made one big trade Tuesday. Now they're trying to make it two.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported the Lakers are attempting to trade the Nos. 27 and 28 picks along with Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson for Indiana Pacers star Paul George.

The Lakers acquired the No. 27 pick earlier Tuesday along with Brook Lopez by sending D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn NetsAdrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who first reported the deal, noted the Lakers made the trade in the hopes of bringing in George and signing LeBron James next summer.

George's representation informed the Pacers over the weekend that he would be leaving the franchise in free agency next summer, per Wojnarowski. The California native is reportedly set on playing for the Lakers, who will have max cap space available in 2018 and represent something of a homecoming.

Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard has kicked things into high gear in attempts to trade George, likely before Thursday's NBA draft. The Pacers would in all likelihood prefer a mix of draft picks and young players as they embark upon what's looking like a full-scale rebuild.

By ridding themselves of Mozgov's contract, the Lakers put themselves in a position to acquire George and still have max space available next summer. The Lakes have long dreamed of signing, but a ton of other potential co-stars will be available should their pursuit of the four-time MV{ fall short once again.

This move is still a risky jettisoning of young talent by team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka, who appear determined to undo most of the work done by the previous regime. Russell was an enigmatic but promising guard, and Randle has been working out all offseason in what could be a big contract year.

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