George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018

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It's a narrow market given George's clear plan to get to Los Angeles anyway.

"There are teams around the league that are interested in Paul George who are rooting for him to be traded to the Lakers now so that he goes there and they suck, and he says, 'Oh boy, I need to get somewhere else". George has been widely expected since the All-Star break in February to do anything he can to land with the Lakers in the summer of 2018, while Butler could become a free agent as early as July 2019.

Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers reacts to a late foul call while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. George, according to those familiar with his thinking, anxious about the same thing. It's entirely possible that the Cavs' season will be decided in the next few weeks, based on which free agents they are able to sign and whether they can or want to make a move for George. The problem is it remains to be seen how good of a return it would be.

The Lakers have some leverage here - George has expressed his desire to join them when his current deal expires after next season.

The Lakers would trade for George to protect against him going elsewhere and falling for his new team.

It has made the National Basketball Association arms race all the more interesting.

The Pacers and Lakers are engaged in trade discussions for George, according to ESPN. The Pacers should obviously try to trade George before the end of the season, but any non-Lakers team that acquires him would do so knowing that they are likely getting a one-year rental for a run at the championship.

The Pacers are backed into a corner, whether they trade with the Lakers or any other team.

With the No.2, No.27 and No.28 pick in this year's first round, the Lakers are hoping they can select one of the top players in the draft while trading picks for George. Of course, that assumes the Lakers don't pull off a deal.

George would seem to be a great fit as he could slide in at either forward spot and work off-ball, giving the Blazers another deadly offensive weapon.

The Indiana Pacers are reportedly underwhelmed with the offers received for a potential Paul George trade.

Again, nothing may come of this. This summer, rumors have surfaced with all sorts of possibilities: IN dealing George to Cleveland for Kevin Love, trading George to the Boston Celtics for the top pick IN next week's draft, even George and LeBron James pairing up with the Lakers after next season.

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