According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Los Angeles Lakers are pretty confident that they’ll be able to sign star forward Paul George in the 2018 free agency period.

By now, everyone who follows the NBA knows that George wants to go home and play for the Lakers, the team he grew up rooting for as a kid.

The Lakers don’t even need to give up their young assets to acquire George either. They’re going to be pretty bad next year anyway, so LA might as well wait one more season to get George as a free agent while also being able to evaluate their young players for another year.

Paul George had another stellar season with the Indiana Pacers this year. The four-time All-Star averaged 23.7 points per game on 46.1 percent shooting from the field and 39.3 percent beyond the arc.

It was a difficult season for George, though, as his name was mentioned in trade rumors during the trade deadline. George told reporters in February that the Pacers ‘left him in the dark’ during the whole trade deadline process, a sign that George was beginning to get upset with Indiana’s front office.

To make things even worse, the Pacers got swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first-round of the playoffs.

There have been so many reports linking Paul George to the Lakers that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. The latest report mentions that the Lakers’ brass has been told to not give up assets to acquire George because they have been given a strong indication that George is going to sign with them in 2018.

The only way George will stay with the Pacers is if their management can overhaul the roster and turn it into a contender that can compete with LeBron James and the Cavs, something that is highly doubtful to occur.

The Lakers would be making a huge mistake if they trade the number two overall pick in this year’s draft to Indiana in exchange for George, when the writing is on the wall for George to come to LA in 2018 as a free agent.

Ashish Mathur is an NBA writer at TheSportsBlaze. Follow him on Twitter – amathuropsn.