Paul George Informs Indiana Pacers He Plans to Leave Next Summer

Solenn Plantier
Juin 21, 2017

Cleveland won the game 117-111 to take a 2-0 series lead. As a result, there are plenty of rumors surrounding a Paul George trade and the latest ones are below.

Does it make sense for the Heat to pursue the 27-year-old forward?

There's risk in trading for George on an expiring contract.

Another potential reason for George to stay is the young and growing talent the Lakers possess and it would be a huge step for George to help and mentor players such as Julius Randle, Ingram and Russell. Is it worth it? So the Heat should swoop in and make an offer, right?

Paul George has told the Pacers he wants to leave the team next summer to join the Lakers, but he could head to L.A. much sooner.

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. Although there is a silver lining and that is the exclusion of the Los Angeles Lakers in the trade talks for the forward.

All of that makes it possible the Pacers will need to trade George for pennies on the dollar. Knowing that's where George wants to go, they will have the Lakers at a disadvantage when they could ship him off to the Cavs for Kevin Love and a second round pick out of spite. Miami could pick for IN at No. 14 and send Tyler Johnson, Justise Winslow and Josh McRoberts to the Pacers for George. James has a home in Los Angeles. And would the Pacers even accept that?

The Celtics also own multiple first-round picks in the 2018 and 2019 drafts.

Wizards small forward Otto Porter also had his best season and would nearly certainly have to be in a potential George deal for it to make any sense for in, but he's a restricted free agent and would lose tens of millions of dollars if he agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with anyone this summer (fewer years, smaller yearly raises) instead of re-signing with Washington. However, George made it official amid reports that he told the Pacers organization that he will become a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 when he becomes a Free Agent.

Anthony Chiang: Not in my eyes. How does Cleveland gamble, get rid of either of the two All-Star players without more than a verbal commitment from George he would stay beyond the 2017-18 campaign?

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