This speculation is believed to have rooted from the fact that he wants a homecoming to Southern California and to play with the purple and gold team. The report added that George's motivation for disclosing this to Pritchard was to allow the Pacers to plan for a future without him.
That number is only accurate if the Lakers renounce all of their free agents except for Julius Randle - Nick Young, Corey Brewer, Tarik Black and David Nwaba -and accounts for signing their two 2017 NBA Draft picks (No. 2 and No. 28) to rookie contracts.
George is reportedly interested in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2018.
In his third season with the Pacers, George made the NBA All-Star team, the first of four during his career thus far. 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. They're holding the cards, but also face the biggest predicament.
The question is, how much trade value will George hold at this point?
However, by mentioning that he wants to go to the Lakers, it's unlikely that the Pacers will be able to trade him.
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Paul George: "I'm a Pacer".
George's succinct message might satisfy Pacers fans temporarily, though the much larger question still looms: Will he continue to suit up in IN beyond 2017-18?
Paul George didn't make an All-NBA team this year.
Los Angeles has a few routes it can assess.
The Lakers have the clear advantage at this poker table.
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?