The Paul George Free-Agency Leak Ripple Effect

Posted June 19, 2017

Booming news was dropped on Sunday, with Yahoo!

The Pacers would likely want one of Los Angeles' younger players or one of their draft picks in return, but with George announcing his intention to leave next summer, they have little leverage in trade negotiations.

George's top choice for his landing spot?

George can ink a four-year, $130 million deal with the Lakers next summer.

The permutations of a deal to get George on the Lakers are endless, especially given that this leak came days before draft night, an evening that could have ever more twists and turns as teams attempt to leverage the fact that the Pacers will attempt to get a return on a departing George.

George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with IN, 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.

Woj also reports that George intends to play out the next season for the Pacers before becoming a free agent, and just wanted to give the franchise time to prepare for his departure.

It has always been speculated that George was eventually going to go to the Lakers, and now, it seems like those rumors are becoming a reality.

George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season, helping the Pacers reach the playoffs, where they were swept by the Cavs in the first round. It would take a winning situation and a promising future to even dream of keeping George past his current contract, but there are some teams that could think of taking the gamble.

Meanwhile, the Lakers suddenly are in a great position to expand. "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.

It's not a good time to be a fan of the Indiana Pacers. Whatever happens, the offseason has already been insane, and the draft is still five days away.