Sport Paul George reportedly tells Pacers he will leave franchise, prefers to join Lakers

23:05  18 june  2017
23:05  18 june  2017 Source:   FOXSports

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Paul George to the Lakers is a capital-T thing. George is from Southern California, and he keeps indicating his dissatisfaction with the Pacers . Or did he say he wanted to get the heck out of Indiana to join the Lakers as soon as possible?

All signs point to the soon-to-be 27-year-old leaving the Pacers in free agency next summer or possibly getting traded before he can leave the franchise without the team getting anything in return. George reportedly wants to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers .

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 23: Paul George #13 and Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers react in the second half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 23, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 106-102 to sweep the series 4-0. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)© Getty Images INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 23: Paul George #13 and Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers react in the second half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 23, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 106-102 to sweep the series 4-0. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Indiana Pacers apparently have been put on notice by franchise star Paul George, who told the team he plans to leave next summer and hopes to join the Los Angeles Lakers, The Vertical reported Sunday.

Paul George reportedly tells Pacers he will leave franchise, prefers to join Lakers

  Paul George reportedly tells Pacers he will leave franchise, prefers to join Lakers George has spent his first seven years with the PacersAccording to the report, George’s agent informed Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard of his client’s intentions. George, who can opt out of his contract next summer, could sign a four-year max contract for as much as $130 million with the Lakers before the 2018-19 season.

The Pacers could be able to offer George a gargantuan super-max if he makes an All-NBA team, which would likely be enough to keep him in Indiana. LaVar Ball wants his two younger sons to go undrafted so they can join the Lakers in free agency. The Lakers reportedly want to play like the

Paul George not making any of the three All-NBA teams Thursday meant he wasn’t eligible to sign a five-year, approximately 7 million extension with the Indiana Pacers this summer. The Lakers reportedly want to play like the Warriors.

According to the report, George’s agent informed Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard of his client’s intentions. George, who can opt out of his contract next summer, could sign a four-year max contract for as much as $130 million with the Lakers before the 2018-19 season.

George reportedly plans to play next season with the Pacers but wanted to inform the only franchise he’s played for of his intentions to give the team a chance to plan for its future. A four-time All-Star, the 27-year-old Southern California native is considered one of the game’s best two-way players and would be the cornerstone of the Lakers’ plans to rebuild.

But if George does leave the Pacers, it will be a costly financial decision. Indiana 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.

George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season, helping the Pacers reach the playoffs, where they were swept by the Cavs in the first round.

The Pacers have turned their Paul George headache into a potential trade jackpot .
What could have been a disaster now could be a bonanza for the Pacers.With their superstar reportedly telling the franchise he would bolt after next season and preferred to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pacers were put in an extremely tough position: If the NBA world knew George was out in 2018 and that he was leaning toward the Lakers, there wouldn't be much of a point in dealing assets for a one-year rental. From Los Angeles's perspective, Magic Johnson could sit back and wait until George hit free agency.

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