Paul George committed to playing for Pacers in 2017-18

Jonathan Hernandez
June 19, 2017

The rumor of Paul George leaving the Pacers for LA has been present for a while, starting as whispers in the dark and eventually becoming a daily question for him and the team. League sources told The Vertical that George wanted to be forthcoming with Pacers' management of his plans and not leave them with any confusion regarding his intentions.

Some NBA mock drafts have the Pacers selecting another big man. Names being circulated on who the Pacers could pick at no. 18 include UCLA forward T.J. Leaf or his teammate Ike Anigbogu.

Paul George has plans that extend beyond the Indiana Pacers.

All of those factors, and George's occasional dissatisfaction with what has gone on inside the organization, has led to speculation that the 27-year-old star could sign with his hometown team and lead the Los Angeles Lakers to another title. That was the report from The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday afternoon that sent the National Basketball Association world into a frenzy. 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.

How did George limit his own trade market? By his second season in the league, George saw his playing time jump, with his scoring following suit, ballooning to 12.1 points per game. Wojnarowski also reported Sunday that George hasn't requested a trade. As noted above, L.A. can still give George a $130 million contract. Further, George let it be known that he would like to sign with the Lakers in free agency.

If the Lakers already know he will sign with them next summer, why would they trade anything of significant value for the four-time All-Star?

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