Paul George to leave Pacers after next season

Sheri Evans
June 19, 2017

George has always been linked to the Lakers after having grown up in Southern California.

This past season with the Pacers, George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists, leading IN to the playoffs.

Draft night is routinely one of the busiest in the National Basketball Association, with teams scrambling to send in their picks and also negotiating potential swaps with their fellow squads.

Paul George reportedly has told the Indiana Pacers that he plans to become a free agent during the summer of 2018 and hopes to head west, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The news, first reported by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, was a move done in order to give the Pacers adequate time to plan for a future without the All-Star wing. The max contract the team can now offer George is a five-year, $177 million extension. Per Woj, George has not requested a trade, but wanted the Pacers to know where his mind-set is at regarding his future so that they could prepare accordingly.

A wild weekend that began with rumors of a trade at the top of the draft, which materialized in the blink of an eye, has just been bookended by a potential league-altering leak: Paul George wants the Hollywood treatment.

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A trade would also ensure the Lakers could offer George the best possible contract.

However, by mentioning that he wants to go to the Lakers, it's unlikely that the Pacers will be able to trade him.

George's succinct message might satisfy Pacers fans temporarily, though the much larger question still looms: Will he continue to suit up in IN beyond 2017-18? And that may be what prompted George to make his decision known.

Despite these rumors, George doesn't hit the market until the end of the 2017-2018 season.

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