Indiana Pacers forward Paul George reportedly informed the organization on Sunday that he would be testing the waters of free agency following the 2017-18 season. That news prompted Indiana to reportedly call the Cleveland Cavaliers about the services of George, which was reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
George and the Pacers had their 2016-17 season ended by the Cavaliers in a four-game sweep in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It’s not the first time that George has stumbled in the path of LeBron James, who has been to the NBA Finals for each of the last seven seasons. George and James have established a relationship of mutual respect during their years in the league.
George is coming off a year in which he averaged a career-high 23.7 points per game and shot 46.1 percent from the field during the regular season. Come the playoffs, he would average 28 points per game in the four losses.
Just who Cleveland would move in order to acquire George on a possible one-year rental is unknown. With George reportedly telling the Pacers that he would be departing from Indiana and likely joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers for the 2018-19 year, the Pacers are essentially dealing a player who has determined where and when he will sign.
The Pacers selected George with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Fresno State. He has gone on to become a four-time NBA All-Star and has seen Indiana land in the postseason every season in which he has been healthy for the majority of the regular season.