The Lakers’ script to land Paul George appears to have been revealed — literally.
It comes just four days after the team stressed the importance of keeping the recruiting by the book and in-house this time.
Sports Illustrated obtained the details of a Lakers pitch video to an unnamed player — largely believed to be George — on Monday, with the forward able to become a free agent next week if he declines his player option with the Thunder.
According to the report, the audition notes called for an “industrial video” to be filmed this week, and even specified the type of voice actor suitable for the role.
“Less Morgan Freeman/Denzel Washington, and more Jamie Foxx,” the audition notes stated, as per SI’s Hollywood source. “A bit more edge, and a bit less aspirational.”
The script of the prospective video, titled “Two Dreams,” makes it clear George is the player in question.
“When you were just a kid in your room, dreaming from Palmdale, we were dreaming too,” the video begins. “While you dreamt, we built. Built for your arrival. And while we dreamt, you built, too, becoming one of the world’s greatest. Life’s most powerful dreams are the ones we realize ourselves. The ones that turn us into legends. That kid from Palmdale always knew it, now the world will too.”
George grew up in Palmdale, Calif., which is just over an hour drive to the Lakers’ Staple Center base.
The leak comes four days after an ESPN report that the Lakers had an organizational meeting warning the employees not to tamper with upcoming free agents. The sit-down ironically was led by Magic Johnson, who got Los Angeles fined for tampering last year (GM Rob Pelinka also had been guilty of tampering in another instance.)
This script reveal is not fine-able or against the rules. If the Lakers’ pitch to George is successful, it’ll be interesting to see if any other stars will join him there.
ESPN reported last week the Spurs “shut the door” on Los Angeles with Kawhi Leonard trade talks. And if the Lakers can lure LeBron James, it won’t be because of a hokey video.
James reportedly has no interest in hearing elaborate free agency pitches, meaning Pelinka and Johnson will have to go off-script when they talk to James.