George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018

This report would seem to follow naturally on the heels of George being denied All-NBA recognition following the 2016-2017 season, and therefore precluding IN from offering him the $200 million Designated Player Extension.

Yahoo.com reported and WTHR.com confirmed Sunday that Aaron Mintz, George’s agent, told the Pacers Friday that George has no intention of remaining with the Pacers after next season, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent and plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with IN, 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.

Paul George has put the Indiana Pacers in a bad place by diminishing his own trade value, but the star could potentially be available for a relative bargain price if any team wants to bet on convincing him to stay long term. He averaged a career-high 23.7 points and shot 46 percent last season, but the seventh-seeded Pacers were swept by Cleveland in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Had George been named All-NBA on the first, second or third teams – as voted on my members of the media – he would’ve been eligible for a designated veteran’s max, allowing him to receive a five-year, $207 million deal from the Pacers. He’d be going to a victor like he wants but does it really matter to the Pacers brass about what George wants at this point?

Like I said, you’re not going to get much back for a 1-year rental from teams.

Paul George trade rumors are ramping up very quickly. The Pacers might have to lower their asking price, while the Cavs will have to decide if George is worth sacrificing a core asset like Love.

What’s been learned from that situation, and what George should take into account, is this: why get traded there instead of outright signing there?

Maybe he meant, just for the 2017-18 season. As a year became months and the months became weeks, his name being dealt became a hot topic.

Paul George has made it official, according to a report. It just didn’t make any sense.

No, this isn’t about winning, and that’s where George might’ve actually done the Pacers a little bit of a favor, however unintended.

But as mentioned above, things could drastically change for George in Season 2018-19 with relation on his quest for an NBA Finals appearance and subsequently secure a win. The fifth-year player, however, won’t be ready for the start of the season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury. He can sign a five-year extension with the Pacers for $177 million or sign with the Lakers next summer for four years and $130 million.