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Paul George prefers to sign with Lakers as free agent in 2018

19 June, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Glenda Knight
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This report would seem to follow naturally on the heels of George being denied All-NBA recognition following the 2016-2017 season, and therefore precluding IN from offering him the $200 million Designated Player Extension.

Responding to a question about George over on Twitter, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders shared that there is "no sense" that the star forward is set to be dealt at this point in time and the Pacers may not even be shopping him.

This could really shake up the landscape of the NBA and influence what happens in this week's NBA Draft. Without the DPE, the best the Pacers can offer George is a five-year deal worth approximately $180 million, much closer to what he can get in competing offers (in the range of $130 million). Sports' The Vertical reported Sunday that franchise cornerstone Paul George plans to leave the team after next season.

The Lakers could take the guess work out of this process by orchestrating a trade for George now. They could free up space by renouncing Randle and freeing themselves of his $12 million cap hold, but that's the least attractive route.

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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?

Kevin Pritchard, Bird's successor as the team's top decision-maker, and coach Nate McMillan need to know how to proceed during this crucial summer. The report also stated that George prefers to sign with the Lakers. The Lakers can wait for 2018 and clear space to sign PG-13 outright.

Despite these rumors, George doesn't hit the market until the end of the 2017-2018 season.

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