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Woj: Paul George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018

June 18th, 2017 at 3:52 PM
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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George has informed the Indiana Pacers he will leave the franchise when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Woj reports that George’s agent Aaron Mintz informed new Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard that while they are not requesting a trade, he plans to leave in the summer with the Lakers his preferred destination.

Although this leak likely comes from the agent or player side with the clear goal of scaring off all pursuants besides the Lakers, it opens the door for Danny Ainge and the Celtics to make a favorable trade for George. It connects the dots between this weekend’s trade for multiple picks, as Indiana has weak leverage over their star after it got out that he is leaving and he wants to go to only one team.

This particular report that he is just informing the team of his plans rather than demand a trade means he is setting the stage for them to get something of value for him now before he leaves. It is a courtesy to his franchise while forcing …

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