Lakers and Cavaliers on alert as reports say Paul George will leave Pacers

  • Sources say four-time All-Star intends to leave Indiana in summer of 2018
  • Player would be a boon for teams looking to match Warriors’ superstars

Paul George’s camp has informed the Pacers that the four-time All-Star intends to leave in the summer of 2018 when he becomes a free agent, sources told AP on Sunday night.

George has spent all seven of his NBA seasons in Indiana, emerging as one of the league’s top players. He averaged a career-high 23.7 points and shot 46% last season, but the seventh-seeded Pacers were swept by Cleveland in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The steady decline in competitiveness of the franchise, and LeBron James’ dominance of the conference, has led George to look elsewhere as he nears free agency next summer.

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