Since George didn't make an All-NBA team this past season, he will not be eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Exception, which would have made him eligible to receive a $207 million contract over five years. With George reportedly telling the Pacers that he would be departing from IN and likely joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers for the 2018-19 year, the Pacers are essentially dealing a player who has determined where and when he will sign.
Wojnarowski also said that George has not asked for a trade from the Pacers, but he wanted to be forthright with the franchise and let them know his intentions to avoid confusion.
George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists this past season. The news may not be comforting to the Pacers' front office, but the timing and clarity will likely be appreciated, as Indy GM Kevin Pritchard can head into the draft and free agency with an eye toward the future. With George letting IN know that he plans to pursue free agency IN 2018, the new Pacers front office, led by general manager Kevin Pritchard, is determined to move the All-Star forward this offseason. Paul George is more concerned about himself and his brad than finishing something he started here in Indiana.
Love could be headed to Indianapolis if the Love-George trade rumors come to fruition. It's possible Boston could even acquire George and still chase one of the top free agents like Gordon Hayward or Blake Griffin.
Now it's on Golden Knights general manager George McPhee to spend the next three days poring over the list of available players and select one from each of the NHL's 30 teams.
Regardless of what path Pritchard and the Pacers decide to take, it's going to be a rough couple of the years for the blue and gold. Now maybe George has some inside information that James is soon poised to join him in Los Angeles, but failing that, George comes off now like someone who is more about lifestyle and sunshine than he is about winning championships.More news: Democrats stall Senate work to protest healthcare secrecy
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Danny Ainge has stocked up enough assets to have the more enticing deal for IN, but they might be scared off due to George'a fascination of heading home.
Growing up in southern California, the Lakers are the favorite to lure him to their team in next offseason.
George is reportedly interested in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2018.
Paul George sat at the top of the first-base dugout in Victory Field. His father's controversial has potentially impacted Lonzo's draft stock, causing many to speculate whether National Basketball Association teams are willing to take the two as a package deal.
"That was something that I didn't recognize", Lakers President and co-owner Jeanie Buss said.
The last two seasons have been the best of his career.