Paul George will leave the Indiana Pacers as a free agent next summer, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, with his most likely destination being the Los Angeles Lakers. The George-to-L.A. rumors first popped up around the trade deadline in February, and now George has reportedly made it clear he plans to leave Indy in free agency. The news may not be comforting to the Pacers’ front office, but the timing and clarity will likely be appreciated, as Indy GM Kevin Pritchard can head into the draft and free agency with an eye toward the future.
What does the George news ultimately mean for the Lakers and Pacers? Let’s break it down.
For The Lakers
L.A. is in a great position with the George news. Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka can sit back and wait for a superstar to come to them, and not have to worry about parting with any assets in a trade. Johnson now has another full year to study his young core and decide which players will be most worth keeping around to (likely) surround George. And don’t underestimate the impact this move could have on other free agents. Maybe other stars