He isn’t forcing a trade, however. - From Silver Screen and Roll
Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George may be publicly saying that he doesn’t plan to get traded this season, but it sounds like that doesn’t mean he isn’t packing his bags.
There have been rumors about George’s interest in a homecoming to Southern California and the Lakers all season, but this is the most solid sign yet that such a move is more of an inevitability than just a pie-in-the-sky possibility.
Well, according to Wojnarowski, George and his camp were just trying to give the Pacers a chance to plan for life without him rather than blindsiding them next summer: George hasn’t requested a trade before he can opt out of his 2018-19 contract, but did have his agent, Aaron Mintz, tell new Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard that he wanted to be forthright on his plans and spare the franchise any confusion about his intentions, league sources told The Vertical.
George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with Indiana, but wants to give the organization the chance to plan appropriately for its future – which George told the team won’t include him, league sources said.
2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and this news, this is shaping up to be a very good offseason for Los Angeles.