INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Paul George has told the Pacers he intends to opt out of his contract after next season, become a free agent in 2018, and leave the franchise, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
At 27-years-old, George just wrapped up the third year of a five-year contract with the franchise, with the fifth year being a player option. If he opts out, the Pacers would be able to offer him a five-year $177 million extension while any other NBA team could only offer four years at $130 million.
But, a source told Wojnarowski PG would prefer to sign with the Lakers. George grew up just north of Los Angeles in Palmdale, California.
Sources: All-Star Paul George tells Pacers he plans to leave franchise in 2018 free agency, prefers Lakers. https://t.co/anP4bvbwir
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2017
Paul George on Thursday when Indy media asked him if he wants to be in Indiana.
Apparently that wasn't the case. pic.twitter.com/aZagthrn6n
— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) June 18, 2017