Indiana fans, close your eyes now, this news may sting a little.
It’s been reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical that All-Star Paul George has already informed the Pacers he plans to leave Indiana during his free agency period in 2018.
Sources: All-Star Paul George tells Pacers he plans to leave franchise in 2018 free agency, prefers Lakers. https://t.co/anP4bvbwir
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 18, 2017
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise to many basketball fans, as rumors regarding a PG move to LA, either via trade or free agent signing have been swirling for weeks now.
“George hasn’t requested a trade before he can opt out of his 2018-19 contract, but did have his agent, Aaron Mintz, tell new Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard that he wanted to be forthright on his plans and spare the franchise any confusion about his intentions, league sources told The Vertical.
George can sign a four-year deal worth as much as $130 million with Los Angeles next year. George is a Southern California native and playing for the Lakers would represent a homecoming for him.
George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with Indiana, but wants to give the organization the chance to plan appropriately for its future – which George told the team won’t include him, league sources said.”
It’s going to be a very interesting off-season next year it seems.