Paul George informs Pacers he will leave in free agency, prefers Lakers

Posted June 19, 2017

However, he's likely to be seen as just a one-year rental, diminishing whatever the Pacers might be able to get in return for him.

And swirling are rumors that the Indiana Pacers star Paul George is the answer to the Cavs' championship dreams.

The All-Star has reportedly informed the Pacers that he intends to become a free agent next summer and prefers the possibility of joining the Los Angeles Lakers, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

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Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers have been mentioned as teams that may be interested in acquiring George, and it is unlikely that those squads will lose interest in making a deal if it can not be made as soon as draft night. If you thought the Kings were in a sorry bargaining position trying to offload DeMarcus Cousins, say a prayer for the poor Pacers, who have to move a star with fewer years left on his contract, who cannot receive the DPE, who has stated his intention to move on in free agency, and who has reportedly stated a preference for his next landing spot-one of the few teams in the National Basketball Association that can afford to wait around for their next big free agency catch. IN can offer him a five-year, $177 million extension as opposed to the four-year deal the Lakers are permitted to offer, but off-court endorsements could offset much of that difference. They could free up space by renouncing Randle and freeing themselves of his $12 million cap hold, but that's the least attractive route.

The question is, how much trade value will George hold at this point? As noted above, L.A. can still give George a $130 million contract.

If Paul George really meant what he said about not leaving, but eventually changed his mind, it is interesting to know what the probable cause is.

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The Lakers have the clear advantage at this poker table.

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

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