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George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018

20 June 2017

George has spent all seven of his seasons in IN, emerging as one of the league's top players.

Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers that he plans to leave the team and test the free agent market next year, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

George would sign a four-year max deal with the Lakers at $133 million that starts at around a $30.6 million salary in Year 1 before annual raises.

If the Pacers keep George and let him go next offseason, they wouldn't receive anything back for him.

Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George has reportedly told the Indiana Pacers that he plans to leave the franchise in free agency during the summer of 2018.

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George, a four-time All-Star, had a strong season in 2016-17, averaging 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists and led the Pacers to the playoffs. He has played for the Pacers since being selected by IN with the 10th pick of the 2010 draft. 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?

Fultz - donning a Philadelphia cap as he arrived at the team's practice facility - visited the 76ers in a hastily arranged get-to-know-you session, with the workout and meeting with team officials on his itinerary.

Q: Would you trade for Paul George? They'll learn his strengths and weaknesses while forming a system that George thrives in.

Turner, in a radio interview with hosts Jake Query and Derek Schultz, said he believes George will not be traded. LeBron James and George can become free agents in 2018.

Just who Cleveland would move in order to acquire George on a possible one-year rental is unknown. While that's something that some franchises might be willing to do, others might balk at giving up too many young assets for one year from the veteran. This was confirmed by a new report from National Basketball Association analyst Zach Lowe, who has been posting a lot about National Basketball Association rumors that have involved the Pacers this offseason.

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Paul George's act grew tiresome as he morphed from basketball player into global brand.

The downside to this is that it's been reported by Woj; this means other teams are well aware of his plans, and the Pacers may lack leverage in any potential trade talks to Los Angeles or otherwise.

The timing, as we said, was brutally bad. George, who suffered a gruesome broken leg while playing for Team USA in August 2014, has had the best seasons of his career the last two years.

With George only guaranteed to stay in Cleveland for one season because of his opt-out clause, trading Love may be a drastic move. But they would likely have to trade Kevin Love to get him.

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