Paul George would find it tough to snub the Los Angeles Lakers should the team attempt to sign him next summer.

George will be a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season if he doesn't sign an extension.

“My heart is still in Indiana ... I’m still a Pacer, and hopefully I remain a Pacer,” George said when asked about his upcoming free agency. “I'm happy where I’m at.”

A native of California, George was born in Palmdale and grew up cheering for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.

“Of course it would be tough (to say no to Kobe),” said George. “You’re talking about playing (at) home.”