The star guard plans on leaving the franchise after the 2017-18 season.
Paul George plans on leaving the Indiana Pacers after the 2017-18 season.
Pretty much everyone has known that, but the star guard has finally made it publicly known.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, George told the Pacers that he plans on leaving the team as a free agent the summer of 2018.
His destination of choice: Los Angeles.
Sources: All-Star Paul George tells Pacers he plans to leave franchise in 2018 free agency, prefers Lakers. https://t.co/anP4bvbwir
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 18, 2017
George reportedly hasn’t requested a trade, but you would think Indiana would want to get something in return for losing him.
If you’re Los Angeles, though, you probably wouldn’t want to give up a ton for him now when you could get him for nothing (except a lot of money) next summer.
George hasn’t requested a trade before he can opt out of his 2018-19 contract, but did have his agent, Aaron Mintz, tell new Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard that he wanted to be forthright on his plans and spare the franchise any confusion about his intentions, league sources told The Vertical.
George can sign a four-year deal worth as much as $130 million with Los Angeles next year. George is a Southern California native and playing for the Lakers would represent a homecoming for him.
George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with Indiana, but wants to give the organization the chance to plan appropriately for its future – which George told the team won’t include him, league sources said.
This is going to be a fun summer in the NBA.