LA Reportedly Won't Flip Young Stars to Land Paul George

Laura Christensen
June 19, 2017

The stark truth, though, is that any team except the Lakers would likely only be getting George on a one-year rental. Giving the Pacers a heads-up about how you plan to not sign with them so that they can scramble to find a solution doesn't seem that helpful for the team, but it's certainly better than George leaving them for nothing.

Paul George has reportedly expressed his intentions to leave the Indiana Pacers in the summer of 2018 to become a free agent with his eye on the Los Angeles Lakers, this according to sources reported by Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo!

If he does sign with the Lakers in free agency following the 2017-18 season, then George can sign a four-year deal worth up to $130 million. Sports' The Vertical reported Sunday that franchise cornerstone Paul George plans to leave the team after next season. 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. By doing this, George gives the Pacers the opportunity to trade him and get something in return for him. They're holding the cards, but also face the biggest predicament.

"I'm under contract as a Pacer", George said, via the IndyStar. The Lakers would sooner trade Clarkson than waive him, but they could invoke the stretch provision on both Deng or Mozgov.

This is a bummer for fans in IN, but we're still a year away from George being gone.

How did George limit his own trade market?

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.

Los Angeles has a few routes it can assess.

The Paul George rumor mill is never going to stop churning.

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