Sources: Pacers reach out to Cavs about possible Paul George deal

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After Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George informed the franchise in no uncertain terms he plans to leave the team as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018 when he can opt out of his current contract, the Pacers began shopping George’s services this weekend, including a phone call to the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday.

George’s admission, first reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, prompted Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard to begin canvassing the league for potential offers for the 4-time All-Star who, at 27, averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals for Indiana this season. He upped that production to 28 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals in a first-round loss to Cleveland in April.

Report: George tells Pacers he’s leaving in ’18

Paul George has told the Indiana Pacers that he will leave the organization as a free agent after next season, according to The Vertical, which

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