Report: Paul George tells Pacers he plans to leave after next season


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Paul George has told the Pacers he intends to opt out of his contract after next season, become a free agent in 2018, and leave the franchise, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

At 27-years-old, George just wrapped up the third year of a five-year contract with the franchise, with the fifth year being a player option. If he opts out, the Pacers would be able to offer him a five-year $177 million extension while any other NBA team could only offer four years at $130 million.

But, a source told Wojnarowski PG would prefer to sign with the Lakers. George grew up just north of Los Angeles in Palmdale, California.

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