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Paul George Informs Pacers He Will Leave Them Next Year, Prefers to Join Lakers


Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers that he will leave the franchise in free agency after next season. The Southern California native has also told them that his preference is to join the Lakers. As already expected, the Pacers will now explore trade spots for the All-Star. Via The Vertical:

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.

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