At this point, it might be more realistic to expect Paul George to be wearing a Lakers uniform rather than a Pacers one next season.

Rumors about George wanting to play in Los Angeles have been flying since before the February trade deadline, and the Pacers getting swept in the first round by the Cavaliers certainly didn't help matters.

And now, according to Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News, George's former Pacer teammates have said that he basically told them that he wanted to play for the Lakers:

"A SoCal native, he's been talking about playing for his hometown team, the Lakers, for a long time. He's never made his long-term intentions a secret within the Pacers' locker room, according to former teammates. He wants to wear the purple and gold."

Uh, OK. You don't usually hear about a player telling his teammates about his plans to one day join a different team. George could have been joking or speaking in purely hypothetical ways, but the fact that he wasn't afraid to talk about wanting to join the Lakers is pretty telling.

Our own Matt Moore broke down the entire Paul George situation, and explained which teams will -- and which teams should -- go after the All-Star forward.

George could change the face of a franchise this summer, and it sounds like he wants it to be the Lakers.