Should the Lakers blow up their young core for Paul George? | The Tylt
Should the Lakers blow up their young core for Paul George?
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?
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.