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Should the Lakers blow up their young core for Paul George?

After years of living with Kobe Bryant’s lifetime achievement contract, Los Angeles has built an exciting core of young players who have thrilled the Lakers' fan base. However, All-Star forward Paul George has suggested that he would be interested in playing for his hometown team. To get him this year, the Lakers would have to give up key pieces of that youth movement. George could bring experience and hard-nosed defense to Los Angeles, but at the cost of untapped potential. Should the Lakers do it? 🏀

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Is D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, or Brandon Ingram an all-star? Nope, don't think so. And there is no guarantee those players will scratch the surface of what Paul George has accomplished. 

The Lakers have a chance to finally get an established franchise player to get the organization back on track for the playoffs. Even if they give up some of those pieces, the Lakers would still have the No. 2 pick from this year to pair with George, so they won’t be completely without young talent.

The hope is that young players develop into the player like George. So why wait when you can get him now?

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The worse thing the Lakers can do right now is disrupt the development of their young players. These are athletes who can transform a team to contenders instantly. Paul George is not one of them.

Los Angeles has invested a lot in its young talent. Building a team from the ground up takes patience, but the payoff can be great. Look at the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. They built through the draft, added key players in free agency and never mortgaged their future.

The Lakers can always go after Paul George in free agency in 2018, but they shouldn’t sacrifice their young players when they are building continuity and developing key talent.

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