Paul George committed to playing for Pacers in 2017-18

Beth Cruz
June 19, 2017

George is a Southern California native and playing for the Lakers would represent a homecoming for him.

This past season with the Pacers, George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists, leading IN to the playoffs.

George failed to make the All-NBA Team last month, causing him to lose out on a huge extension from the Pacers that would have given him extra incentive to stay with Indiana. George, who can opt out of his contract next summer, could sign a four-year max contract for as much as $130 million with the Lakers before the 2018-19 season.

In his third season with the Pacers, George made the NBA All-Star team, the first of four during his career thus far. They could free up space by renouncing Randle and freeing themselves of his $12 million cap hold, but that's the least attractive route.

That said, the Pacers' best move is to trade George.

Earlier this week at his charity softball game, George told the media that he was content in IN but made no comment on the future. "I'm here. I'm a Pacer", George said (via

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? Further, George let it be known that he would like to sign with the Lakers in free agency.

The Vertical reported Sunday that sources indicate George would prefer to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers. Or do they bank that George will find his way to matter what happens in 2018 - a risk, but given that George has been adamant about wanting to play in Los Angeles, one that puts the odds heavily in their favor.

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