Paul George Told The Pacers He Intends To Depart After Next Season

Esther Moore
June 19, 2017

George, who is from Southern California, hasn't requested a trade, but wanted to be upfront with IN, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported the news. Without the DPE, the best the Pacers can offer George is a five-year deal worth approximately $180 million, much closer to what he can get in competing offers (in the range of $130 million).

As more teams express interest in acquiring George, the Pacers can just stand pat, watch a bidding war ensue and simply take the best offer if they do indeed decide to deal.

It has always been speculated that George was eventually going to go to the Lakers, and now, it seems like those rumors are becoming a reality. George is the player the Pacers keep hoping to build their own title dreams around, dreams which haven't worked out.

In his third season with the Pacers, George made the NBA All-Star team, the first of four during his career thus far.

IN should look to move George immediately if leaving really is what he wants. "I've been dealing with this since last season, but I'm just living in the moment".

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George's reported informing of the Pacers also allows IN to make appropriate plans over the next year.

Kevin Pritchard, Bird's successor as the team's top decision-maker, and coach Nate McMillan need to know how to proceed during this crucial summer.

IN struggled after the All-Star break last season before clinching the No. 7 seed in the final week of the regular season. He led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference playoffs before being swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games.

We've heard rumblings about this for months, but if Wojnarowski's report is true then it will have a huge impact on the trade and free agency market not only in 2018 but in 2017 as well.

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