George hasn’t requested a trade before he can opt out of his 2018-19 contract, but did have his agent, Aaron Mintz, tell new Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard that he wanted to be forthright on his plans and spare the franchise any confusion about his intentions, league sources told The Vertical.
George並沒有要求球隊在他明年可以跳出18-19年的合約前交易他，但是有請他的經紀人，Aaron Mintz告知溜馬隊籃球營運總裁Kevin Pritchard讓他了解自己的計劃而避免球隊對於自己的意圖感到疑惑
In the past 24 hours, Pritchard has become more aggressive in pursuing trades for George, league sources told The Vertical. Pritchard has yet to show an inclination to engage the Lakers, but has discussed deals with several teams – including Cleveland – in which the expectation of teams would be that George is a “one-year rentatal.” The Cavaliers are devoid of the kind of young players and future picks that Indiana might want in return for George, and George has never mentioned the Cavaliers as an intriguing destination.
George plans to play out the 2017-18 season with Indiana, 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.
Indiana’s ability to find a trade for George elsewhere has become increasingly limited, if not crippled, because NBA teams believe that it’s George’s intention to eventually sign with the Lakers as a free agent in 2018.
Paul George: "I’m under contract as a Pacer. That’s all that needs to really be known. I’m here.
Paul George: "I’m a Pacer. There’s no way around that. This is my team, my group & this is where I’m at.”
Paul George said the goal remains the same: He wants to win a championship with the Pacers.
Paul George: "Wanting to win, it came from the heart & it’s very sincere on wanting to bring that to Indiana."