Paul George, mum on future, urges Pacers to sign better players

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On Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, reported that George told the Pacers he won't re-sign with them, instead eyeing the Lakers as a possible destination in 2018. There's a rental market, but how robust?

If there was ever any doubt that George was completely tone deaf, it vanished Thursday night at the feel good event of the summer - the Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge. That's all that needs to really be known.

Pacers fans should start saying their goodbyes to Paul George. Again, what I've been dealing with is stories. While Pritchard can head into this off-season with a clear vision about the future of his team, he has also lost all leverage in trade talks with other teams. I'm a Pacer. There's no way around that. "This is my team, my group & this is where I'm at". The forward is under contract for next season and he still intends to win a championship in Indy.

But the latest report isn't surprising. The Lakers would sooner trade Clarkson than waive him, but they could invoke the stretch provision on both Deng or Mozgov. Now that George's cards are on the table, IN has the advantage of deciding how to proceed without any guesswork as to Paul George's future after 2017-18.

George has always had a tone deafness to his play and media comments, but allowing the communication between his camp and Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard that he plans to sign with the Lakers represents a new low for the all-star. The Pacers can offer him a five-year, $177.48 million but that option appears unlikely for 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.

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He was acquitted on all counts , including second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of unsafe discharge of a firearm. He was licenced to have the weapon, and had been told to inform officers of the firearm in those situations for his safety.

L.A.is in a great position with the George news.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports the Lakers "do not now intend to part with any of their young assets in a trade with the Pacers". The former is hard.

George announcing his intention to sign with the Lakers next summer could impact the Cavaliers in another way.

The pressure is now put on IN if they hope to receive something IN return for George by possibly trading him before free agency begins IN 2018.

The rumours of Paul George eventually ending up in his hometown of Los Angeles are heating up as we approach the NBA's hottest movement period.

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