REPORT: Paul George Tells Pacers He Plans To Leave Franchise, Prefers Joining Lakers
What has been rumored over the past year has reportedly been set in stone as Paul George has apparently informed the Indiana Pacers that he will leave in free agency and possibly join the Los Angeles Lakers.
“All-Star forward Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers that he plans to become a free agent in the summer of 2018 and will leave the franchise – preferably for the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told The Vertical.
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.”
The Pacers tried unsuccessfully to trade George this past season. They were convinced they could make him stay, but that went out the door when Larry Bird resigned from his position following a 1st-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.