Paul George to leave Pacers after next season

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, reported that George told the Pacers he won't re-sign with them, instead eyeing the Lakers as a possible destination in 2018.

National Basketball Association fans who have paid even the slightest bit of attention to the league over the past few months have likely heard about those trade rumors involving George.

It's impossible to tell just yet how this all plays out for Paul George and the Indiana Pacers, but the Pacers can now plan for the future absolutely without the huge hanging questions of what Paul George will do.

George, 27, is interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report by The Vertical, essentially making him a one-year rental.

George has been with the Indiana Pacers since they drafted him 10th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft. It could be any number of teams that believe they're just one piece away from competing for a championship - something George has insisted means the world to him. Julius Randle has been floated in trade talks - he doesn't appear to fit Magic Johnson's vision for the team - and could be part of a nice get in a package for George.

There are a couple of options that the Lakers could implement in pursuing George.

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Obviously, George didn't need to tell the Pacers of his plans. James has a home in Los Angeles.

George's salary for next season is $19.5 million.

They whiffed on LaMarcus Aldridge two years ago. 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).

This seems like the most logical approach for the Lakers. "It came from the heart and is very honest of wanting to bring that to IN, so that's where my heart is going to always be at", said George.

George's decision to leave is a tough blow for the Pacers.

It looks like George isn't going anywhere, no matter what the rumors are.

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