The question of “What should the Pacers do with Paul George?” has been answered: there’s nothing they can do.
Well, they can trade him; that’s their only option.
If they don’t, they will only keep the four-time All-Star for one more year.
Sources: All-Star Paul George tells Pacers he plans to leave franchise in 2018 free agency, prefers Lakers. https://t.co/anP4bvbwir
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 18, 2017
As first reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, George has told Indiana that he will become a free agent after next season when his contract is up.
Had he been named to an All-NBA team, things could have looked much different for the forward’s future.
Doug Gottlieb explains how Gordon Heyward and Paul George are actually showing the DPE is backfiring. https://t.co/SY7VNqWyaO
— SportsRadio930 (@SportsRadio930) May 18, 2017
Because George didn’t get the nod, he automatically lost out on $75 million, due to the Designated Player Exception which takes effect July 1st, if he were to re-sign with the Pacers.
Since he did not make one of the three All-NBA lists, the figure that would make George the highest paid player in the NBA is off the table.
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) May 16, 2017
What motivation other than money does George have to stay in Indiana?