Los Angeles Lakers confident Paul George will sign with them in '18

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Because of that, today's announcement of the league's All-NBA teams could have a major impact on the Lakers' ability to add IN star and Palmdale native Paul George to their roster.

By now, everyone who follows the National Basketball Association knows that George wants to go home and play for the Lakers, the team he grew up rooting for as a kid. If George leaves IN, teams can only offer him four years and around $133 million, which is just about $80 million *less* than if he made one of the All-NBA teams and re-signed with the Pacers.

As we all know by now, George has to make an All-NBA team this year or next year to be eligible for the Designated Veteran Player Extension, which would allow him to be paid like a max player with 10 years of experience.

Hayward is more complicated. Despite having arguably the best team in the NBA, none of its players made the All-NBA First Team. In the section listed "Other players receiving votes" are Indiana's Paul George and Utah's Gordon Hayward, each players whose summers will be directly altered by not making any of the three teams. Essentially, now 2 players per team if meeting a certain criteria, and still on the team that drafted them, are eligible for massive 5-year contract extensions. While the Lakers may have a number of talented youngsters and another one coming in June, they don't have (or haven't yet identified) the player that they can truly build their team around.

There have been so many reports linking Paul George to the Lakers that it's hard to keep track of all of them.

Although George, 27, has spent his entire seven-year career in IN, most believe his time there is winding down and the Pacers clearly were entertaining offers for him during the trade deadline.

Instead, Indiana may consider the possibility of trading away George, lest the team be left with nothing if he decamps elsewhere. There's also the impact on Hayward and his likelihood of joining Boston in free agency and them not pursuing Butler as a result. This new addition makes most people think that Russell Westbrook, who qualifies for the new Super Max contract will stick around in Oklahoma City. Nobody really stood out, so going with Jordan's two-way importance on a good Clippers team shouldn't cause any outrage.

Even during their first round appearance versus Cleveland this post-season, George continually called out teammates without hesitation.

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