John Wall Attempting to Lure Paul George to Wizards (Report)
Feb 16, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) argues a referee's call that the ball bounced off him during a game against the Washington Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Washington defeats Indiana 111-98. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Despite recent rumors indicating a two-team chase for superstar Paul George, John Wall is trying to blow everything wide open.

On Monday, Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall told ESPN’s The Undefeated that he is trying to push Pacers superstar Paul George to the nation’s capital.

George, who averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for Indiana this past season, has already made it clear that he has no intention of remaining with the Pacers beyond this summer.

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The 27-year-old California native also stated that his preferred destination is his hometown area — which would make him a Los Angeles Laker for the 2017-18 season.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have also been linked to George’s name in a clear effort to level themselves with the likes of the Golden State Warriors.

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However, with this recent report coming to light, it appears as if Wall, one of George’s close friends, is looking to make these sweepstakes a bit more interesting.

According to Wall, his team (Washington) is “one piece away.” He added, “We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man did great for us. You can’t take nothing away from what he did. But is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It’s a piece that you’re going to need to win.”

Time will tell, but if Paul George decides to shock the basketball world and team up with Wall in Washington D.C., the Eastern Conference playoffs would actually be worth watching next May.

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Emmanuel hosts the Earn Your Stripes Podcast for Elite Sports NY. A Long Island native, he is currently a student at Fordham University (Bronx, NY) pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.