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Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers Over PG13

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The Pacers were caught off guard when Paul George informed them he was planning to opt out of his contract this upcoming summer and not re-sign with Indiana. However, they seem to believe that George’s choice was influenced by powers outside of George’s camp.

According to Peter Vescey on his Patreon, the Pacers plan to file tampering charges against the Lakers over George. When George told the Pacers his plans of opting out, he apparently told them his preferred destination was Los Angeles and the Lakers. However, Indiana opted to trade him to the Thunder.

It’s no secret the Lakers want George. His California ties and fascination with Kobe Bryant‘s career have given reasonable cause for why he would want to join the Lakers. There have also been multiple rumors linking him to Los Angeles since he informed the Pacers he didn’t plan to return once his contract ended.

However, the Pacers must believe the Lakers had behind-the-scenes influences with George so he could force his way to Los Angeles early. It’s true that many of the moves Los Angeles have made so far have been setting themselves up to sign a big free agent or two, but it will be hard to prove that alone is related to George. It will be interesting to see what is pulled up if an investigation comes from this.

Source: Peter Vescey via Chris Barnwell of CBS Sports

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Sources: Kawhi Leonard ‘irate’ with Spurs

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich traveled Tuesday to Southern California and met with Kawhi Leonard prior to Thursday’s NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.

Leonard had told confidants that he did not want to sit down with Popovich and has been purposely difficult for the Spurs to reach recently. Among the issues, Leonard is angry over what he believes was the Spurs’ mishandling of his quad injury, and he remains irate with public comments from teammate Tony Parker and Popovich that he felt were not supportive of him, league sources said.

So far, the Spurs have been largely reluctant to give teams guidance on the players, or packages, that would interest them in trades, sources said.

Sources: Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Sources: 76ers Interested in Moving into Top 5

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As Jeremy alludes to, the Sixers are indeed continuing calls about moving into the Top 5. They have offered packages of picks, but have thus far rebuked including oft-mentioned Robert Covington and Dario Saric, per sources.

Source: Jake Fischer on Twitter

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2018 NBA Draft Diary

Sources: Trae Young Had ‘secret workout’ with Cavaliers Saturday

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Source: Trae Young conducted a secret workout with the Cavs on Saturday. If Michael Porter is gone, it seems to be a toss-up at the moment between Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Cleveland at #8. We’ve given Shai the nod in our latest mock today:

Source: Jonathan Givony on Twitter

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