Magic Johnson ‘Wink’ Or Not, Paul George To Lakers Not A Sure Thing

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/16/17 06:51PM EDT
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Paul George opens up about all the rumors linking him with the Los Angeles Lakers(Photo : YouTube/ABC)

It takes more than a wink from Magic Johnson for Paul George to go to the Los Angeles Lakers. What's clear, however, is that the Indiana Pacers forward will try to improve his game by working out with Kobe Bryant.

The 6-9 forward sat down with host Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night where he was asked if he already talked with Bryant amid all the rumors about him leaving the Pacers for the Lakers. George can only smile as he said, "Not yet."

While he's non-committal about the Lakers, George was quite chatty when it comes to his plans to improve his game with the help of Bryant this summer. "I plan on working out with him and picking his brain a little bit," he said. "If it's with Kob', whatever he says, you gotta do. It's the Mamba, you've got to listen to the Mamba."

Despite listing Bryant as one of his childhood idols, George has never worked out with the Black Mamba before. In fact, the 27-year-old admitted that he's quite nervous about the whole thing. Nevertheless, he wants to be prepared when the time comes so he's rigorously training right now so he won't disappoint the Laker great.

Johnson also guested on the Jimmy Kimmel Show where he was asked by the comedian if he's going to violate the NBA's anti-tampering laws if he talks to George in a social setting. "No, we gonna say hi because we know each other," the hall of famer quipped. "You just can't say, 'Hey, I want you to come to the Lakers,' even though I'll be wink winking like [winks a bunch of times] you know what that means right?"

George will enter the free agency market through the 2018-2019 season after signing a $91.5 million contract over five years with the Indiana Pacers. Indiana has the flexibility to offer him the most money if he re-signs with the team. However, rumors are going around that the all-star really want to play for the Lakers.



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