George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018

The latest news comes not long after the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that George informed the Indiana Pacers that he would be leaving the team as an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season. The former might keep George in IN until he becomes a free agent and the latter might prevent the Cavaliers from making the Pacers an offer they can't refuse.

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, George informed the Pacers Sunday that he doesn't have definite plans to return next season.

Paul George put up averages of 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals a game this past season.

The Pacers might have to wait longer to make a deal with the Clippers, but thanks to them emerging in the trade market for Paul George, Indiana gets needed leverage in their hunt for the best trade possible.

The entire podcast is incredible, and Woj eventually gets to the point that LA can afford another max contract besides Paul George if they make the right moves now.

According to sources, the Pacers are looking to get a substantial player and picks for George.

"I'm under contract as a Pacer".

Since the news of George's intent to depart for LA, other reports have surfaced that IN has begun searching for a trade partner that will essentially use George as a one-year rental, including Cleveland, Boston, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I don't know if there is a great appetite within the Pacers to give him what he wants and send him to the Lakers", Woj told DP. And most believe he will sign with the Lakers, as Los Angeles is close to his hometown of Palmdale, Calif.

The Pacers would like to pull two first-round picks for George, as well as a rotational player. They don't have many assets to work with when it comes to facilitating a trade for George, but they do have Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, both of whom are All-Stars who would fit in well with the team's up-and-coming center Myles Turner.

There have been plenty of Los Angeles Lakers rumors in recent weeks. If they can pair George with Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, that might be a team that could reach the Conference Finals. The Lakers have the cap room and assets to lure George away now but why do it this early? Additionally, after years of avoiding giving up a first-round pick to the 76ers, the Lakers' tanking charade is finally over - their 2018 pick is unprotected and will go the Sixers, meaning there is no incentive for the Lakers to be bad during the 2017-18 season.

If the Clippers are able to resign Blake Griffin, they would surely look to trade him midseason.

  • Julie Sanders