The Pacers full rebuild will begin in 2018; Paul George is leaving his legacy behind next season.
27-year-old, Paul George, told the Indiana Pacers, he plans to play out his contract and become a free agent in the summer of 2018, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
George not only told the front office he will leave, but PG13 plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
All-Star forward Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers that he plans to become a free agent in the summer of 2018 and will leave the franchise – preferably for the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told The Vertical.
Wanting to play in Los Angeles isn’t odd for George, he is a California native. Born in Palmdale, California and stayed home for college, attending Fresno State University.
In 2010, George was drafted by the Pacers in the first round. PG13 sold out a lot of seats for the Pacers because of his star level play. George instantly became an all-star in Indiana. However, winning plays a big part in star players careers.
George never reached the NBA finals, nor close to reaching the finals. Yes, he made it hard on LeBron James deep in the playoffs, but everybody knew the outcome of the series.
Once again, George led his team to playoffs this year and lost to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 4 games. George, averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists during his 2016-17 campaign.
The front office yet to put a superstar next to George played a big factor and being home sick paved George the way to leave in 2018.
The way George is leaving is respectable, league sources told Yahoo Sports that he will play out the 2017-18 season to give the organization the chance to plan appropriately for the future.
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.
Teams didn’t want to trade for George because they knew his contract was up next season and he would want to play for the Lakers.
Bringing on PG13 to a team full of young arising star players is just what the doctor ordered for in Los Angeles. The Lakers were missing a star, leader and that’s exactly what George has in his repertoire.
Surrounding the young guys in LA like D’angelo Russel, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr and Jordan Clarkson with George could help them polish in the NBA.
George can sign a four-year deal worth as much as $130 million with them.
If George can take a Indiana team to the playoffs with less talent then he can take a Lakers team with overload talent to the playoffs. In 2-4 years, the Lakers will be a league force again.