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Paul George prefers to sign with Lakers as free agent in 2018

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Elias Hubbard | 19 June, 2017, 00:59

George has always been linked to the Lakers after having grown up in Southern California.

IN lost the opportunity to sign George to a Designated Player Veteran Exception when he missed the All-Star Game this year, but reading the situation at this point it's hard to tell if that would have been a huge swing for the Pacers as they tried to keep their star.

We'll likely enter the National Basketball Association season with Paul George as a Pacer, but what about at the trade deadline?

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday that George has told the Pacers he plans to leave the franchise when he enters free agency in 2018.

All of those factors, and George's occasional dissatisfaction with what has gone on inside the organization, has led to speculation that the 27-year-old star could sign with his hometown team and lead the Los Angeles Lakers to another title.

In his third season with the Pacers, George made the NBA All-Star team, the first of four during his career thus far.

Still, even with all those rumors out there, it may take some time before a George trade materializes, if it ever does.

All of that makes it possible the Pacers will need to trade George for pennies on the dollar. They could free up space by renouncing Randle and freeing themselves of his $12 million cap hold, but that's the least attractive route.

"His mind is in the right place in terms of the type of players I want to play with and be around", George said of his meeting with Pritchard.

"They're all insane, but they're all expected", George said.

However, by mentioning that he wants to go to the Lakers, it's unlikely that the Pacers will be able to trade him. Until he recommits to the Indiana Pacers or puts on a different jersey, people are going to keep reporting, speculating and tweeting about his next destination.

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