Paul George committed to playing for Pacers in 2017-18
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 10:04
The 36-year-old center intends to negotiate a lower annual salary so that the Spurs are able to offer free agents more money this offseason, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The team has won two National Basketball Association titles during his time in the Bay Area. The Lakers already have a young core of players who will benefit from having a veteran who can score the ball at a high-level like George. So it should be successful barring any unforeseen incident. If he is going to leave next year for nothing then they must take whatever the best offer is now before or during the draft. However, the news is great for the Los Angeles Lakers franchise as "PG" has stated that he only has an interest in signing with the Lakers.
After that, it's anybody's guess.
Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers have been mentioned as teams that may be interested in acquiring George, and it is unlikely that those squads will lose interest in making a deal if it can not be made as soon as draft night.
And George was quick to add: "I'm under contract for next season".
Wojnarowski explained a few more details regarding George and his situation in Indiana. The Lakers might not have the assets to be able to pry away PG-13 from IN, and there's less incentive for them to do so if they could get him for nothing as a free agent, but with word out that he won't re-sign with IN and he'd like to go to Los Angeles it'll be that much more risky for a team to unload assets now for what could turn out to be just a one-year rental.
Paul George didn't make an All-NBA team this year.
George himself has indicated that playing alongside King James seems unnatural for now.
At the February trade deadline, there was speculation that he could be headed to Boston or Atlanta.
Paul George's desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers has been an open secret for a while now.
George doesn't buy any of them. "But all are to be expected". "Again, what I've been dealing with is stories".
This is a bummer for fans in IN, but we're still a year away from George being gone. "That's all that needs to really be known". So far, George hasn't said much publicly.
On Monday, David Aldridge of NBA.com reported the Washington Wizards are looking for a way to lure George to the nation's capital.
IN struggled after the All-Star break last season before clinching the No. 7 seed in the final week of the regular season. IN wrapped up their 16-17 campaign as the seventh place team of the Eastern Conference.
IN lost the opportunity to sign George to a Designated Player Veteran Exception when he missed the All-Star Game this year, but reading the situation at this point it's hard to tell if that would have been a huge swing for the Pacers as they tried to keep their star.
We'll see if the Wizards can pull off a blockbuster.