Paul George set the record straight that he wanted no part of the Indiana Pacers after this season.
George, who is from Southern California, hasn’t requested a trade but wanted to be upfront with Indiana, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
George’s decision not to re-sign with the Pacers after the upcoming season will have implications for this summer’s moves as well as those of next summer and will give the Pacers the chance to try to work out a trade involving George to get players or draft picks, rather than losing him as a free agent. However, he’s likely to be seen as just a one-year rental, diminishing whatever the Pacers might be able to get in return for him. His motivation could be to land with the Lakers sooner rather than later.
Last week, he struck a different tone with Indianapolis media. “I’m here. I’m a Pacer,” George told the Indianapolis Star. “Again, what I’ve been dealing with is stories. You guys talking or teams talking. I’m a Pacer. There’s no way around that. This is my team, my group and this is where I’m at.”