Paul George informed the Pacers organization that he plans to leave the team and become a free agent in the summer of 2018, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
With a full season still ahead of George before the summer of 2018, things could obviously change, but it sounds like he's ready for a change of scenery. The Lakers are already being crowned the front runner for George's services going into the 2018-19 season, as he's originally from Southern California and also appears to be looking for a larger market. George is coming off a career year with averages of 23.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals, so with plenty left in the tank, the Pacers may dangle George's name out in trade proposals in order to get some sort of value out of him before he leaves for nothing as an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Paul George registered 36 points (10-28 FG, 5-15 3Pt, 11-11 FT), 15 rebounds, nine assists and one steal across 45 minutes in a 119-114 loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday in Game 3 of the series.
George tore the leaky Cavs defense to shreds in the first half, amassing 23 points, nine boards and five assists to propel the Pacers to 25-point lead entering the break. Unfortunately, the All-Star forward couldn't keep it going in the second half, and with George failing to find his shot and LeBron James taking the game over, the Cavaliers were able to claim the biggest second-half comeback win in NBA postseason history. With the Pacers facing a 3-0 deficit in the series, George will likely do everything in his power to avoid a sweep in Sunday's Game 4, so expect him to take on another sky-high usage rate. He's averaged 32.3 points (on 43.3% shooting), 9.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 5.0 three-pointers and 1.0 steal in 42.7 minutes per game over the first three contests of the first round.
Paul George scored 32 points (10-20 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 8-9 FT) with eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 42 minutes in a 117-111 Game 2 loss to the Cavs on Monday.
George continued his high level of play in the post-season by once again leading the Pacers in scoring. Even more impressive was that he also led the team in rebounds and assists. If Indiana wants to make this a long series they'll need more players besides George to step up. Whether that happens or not, DFS players should feel safe deploying George and reaping the rewards of his versatile game.
Paul George scored 29 points (9-19 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT) while adding seven assists, five rebounds and a steal in 41 minutes during Saturday's 109-108 Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers.
His three-pointer with 40 seconds left brought the Pacers to within a point and he then locked down LeBron James at the other end on the Cavs' final possession, but Cleveland double-teamed George with the game on the line and made sure he couldn't complete the upset. Given the Cavs' defensive issues down the stretch in the regular season, however, Saturday's performance could well be the tip of the iceberg for George's playoff production in the first-round matchup.
Paul George recorded 32 points (12-21 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 40 minutes in Wednesday's 104-86 win over the Hawks.
The Pacers faced a motley crew of Atlanta reserves on Wednesday and George took full advantage of the talent gap, recording his 10th double-double of the season. George was absolutely lights out from downtown with five treys on 10 attempts as the Pacers sealed the seventh seed and a first-round meeting with Cleveland. While facing last year's champs will be no easy task, George is catching fire at the right time as he's averaged a ridiculous 30.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists over the last 10 games. He's definitely a small forward to target in DFS playoff contests as the Cavs have been struggling defensively.
Paul George scored 37 points (14-22 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-7 FT) while adding seven rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes during Saturday's 127-112 win over the Magic.
The Pacers are now in seventh place in the Eastern Conference thanks mainly to George, who's averaging a massive 31.0 points, 7.6 boards, 3.8 three-pointers, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals over his last 10 games. With two games left in the regular season, the 26-year-old appears intent on willing his teammates across the finish line.
Paul George accumulated 23 points (9-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, four steals and one assist across 35 minutes during Thursday's 104-89 victory over the Bucks.
George has caught fire since Al Jefferson (ankle) went down with an injury. Over the past five games that Jefferson had missed prior to Thursday, George averaged 33.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals across 40.4 minutes per game. As the Pacers jostle for playoff seeding, George will look to continue dominating, making him a strong candidate for DFS, especially for the duration of Jefferson's absence.
Paul George scored 35 points (12-25 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 40 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 win over the Raptors.
The Pacers were down by 19 at one point in the second quarter, but with a playoff spot on the line George took control of the game after the half. He's now scored at least 20 points in eight straight games, averaging a massive 31.3 points, 7.5 boards, 4.0 three-pointers, 3.6 assists and 2.4 steals over that stretch.
Paul George scored 43 points (16-33 FG, 6-16 3Pt, 5-7 FT) to go along with nine rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block across 48 minutes during Sunday's 135-130 double-overtime loss to the Cavaliers.
George thrived despite a lot of defensive attention from LeBron James, posting a season high in scoring thanks to some efficient shooting and narrowly missing a triple-double. He rounded out his line with some strong defensive contributions and nearly carried his team to victory with 13 points in the second overtime period, only to fall short. George is in the midst of perhaps his best stretch of the season, averaging 32.5 points, seven rebounds, 4.25 treys and 2.5 steals per game over the last four.
Paul George generated 28 points (10-22 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and one steal across 39 minutes in a 111-100 loss to the Raptors on Friday.
George's scoring haul led the way for the Pacers, but poor defense in the second half ultimately proved to be the team's undoing. Coach Nate McMillan has been forced to lean more heavily on George in recent games due to injuries thinning the team's depth along with the fact that the Pacers are still jockeying for playoff positioning, and that's unlikely to change the rest of the way, even with the newly-signed Lance Stephenson on tap to make his team debut Sunday against the Cavaliers. George is averaging 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 treys and 3.0 assists in 36.8 minutes per game over the last five contests while shooting 49.5 percent from the field.
Paul George scored 22 points (8-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) to go along with four assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots over 36 minutes in Wednesday's 110-97 loss to the Grizzlies.
George posted yet another balanced stat line on Wednesday, and as the unquestioned top producer for the Pacers, their postseason success is squarely on his shoulders. Owners shouldn't be concerned about the Pacers resting George though, as they will be jockeying for playoff position in the East until the final buzzer. George should keep his season pace of 22.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game until the end of the season.
Paul George scored 37 points (12-21 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 9-9 FT) while adding seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 115-114 loss to the Timberwolves.
But for a late, and questionable, foul call on Jeff Teague in the final seconds of the game, George's big effort would have allowed the Pacers to keep pace with the Bucks and Hawks in the race for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. He's still scored at least 20 points in four straight games, and should stay hot down the stretch as Indiana looks to lock up a postseason berth,
Paul George recorded 27 points (10-16 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and one blocked shot over 34 minutes in Friday's 125-117 loss to the Nuggets.
George's 27 points included draining four 3-pointers out of 5 attempts, and he's shot an impressive 42.9 percent from beyond the arc in March. His 26.8 points per game this month also dwarfs his normal averages, so even though the Pacers are on thin ice in the playoff race, George is certainly getting hot at the right time. He has a favorable matchup against the 76ers on Sunday and is a great start in all formats.