As first reported on The Vertical. Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers recently that he will become a free agent in the summer of 2018 and leave the team. George has not formally requested a trade and just last week while playing in a charity softball game advised he intends on playing for the Pacers next season.
As the Pacers are now aware of George’s intentions the trade speculations have gained more traction in the past 24-hours. Sources are reporting that the Pacers have reached out to the Cleveland Cavaliers to discuss a deal involving George. No official word has been given on the potential players that could be involved however, Indiana could possibly inquire about the All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. There is no guarantee that George would be committing to the Cavaliers or any team long-term if he is traded so giving up an All-Star player for him isn’t as appealing.
George who is a Southern California native has drawn interest in returning home and playing for the Lakers. Beyond teaming up with LeBron James in Cleveland, the other potential suitor could be a Los Angeles team.
The Lakers in the meantime are rumored to be looking for another first-round draft pick. They currently hold the the No. 2 and No. 28th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft this Thursday. The Lakers have reportedly willing to wait until George is a free agent to attract him and avoid trading away their core of young talent.