Indiana Pacers G Paul George Addresses Trade Rumors

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On Thursday, George told reporters that he was committed to playing with the Pacers through the next season because he is still under contract.

This could really shake up the landscape of the NBA and influence what happens in this week's NBA Draft.

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.

For the 2018-19 season, Los Angeles is looking at $15.6 million in available cap to sign free agents, according to The Vertical's Bobby Marks. The max contract the team can now offer George is a five-year, $177 million extension. They're holding the cards, but also face the biggest predicament.

All of that makes it possible the Pacers will need to trade George for pennies on the dollar.

George made no secret of this at the trade deadline.

This is a bummer for fans in IN, but we're still a year away from George being gone. The first tweet from Lakers president of basketball operations after the George report came out seemed to indicate that he was pretty pleased with the whole ordeal, while managing to be vague enough that he didn't violate any tampering rules.

"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.

If the Lakers already know he will sign with them next summer, why would they trade anything of significant value for the four-time All-Star?

The Paul George rumor mill is never going to stop churning.

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