Paul George committed to playing for Pacers in 2017-18

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The Clippers don't have a first-round pick they can trade until 2021 (their 2017 goes to Toronto, 2019 to Boston, and teams can't trade their lone first rounder in consecutive years).

The latest news comes not long after the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that George informed the Indiana Pacers that he would be leaving the team as an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.

However, the one team that could play spoiler for the Lakers is the Cavaliers.

Sense from teams talking to IND is that Pacers intend to move fast on a PG deal.

How much leverage do the Pacers have? There's no telling what the Clippers may be able to offer the Pacers that would entice them enough to trade George, especially considering three of their four best players are no longer under contract. Uproxx reported a tweet from David Aldridge who listed what the Pacers are looking to get in a deal for the 27-year-old. Los Angeles will be required dump a salary of Luol Deng or Timofey Mozgov just to take on George's deal.

"Cleveland is confident its championship culture and overall atmosphere could sway George to want to stay after playing out the 2017-18 season on the final year of his deal", ESPN said on its report. Per Woj, George has not requested a trade, but wanted the Pacers to know where his mind-set is at regarding his future so that they could prepare accordingly. It's unclear what the parameters of any trade would be, but presumably, it would mean the Cavs would trade one of Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving to land George, who would give the Cavs a better chance to contend with the Warriors.

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The Pacers are already shopping George, according to The Vertical. The Cavs offer could include Love and 2015 second round pick Cedi Osman. However, if things do indeed start gaining traction, O'Connor reported that the Lakers would "parachute into" discussions with the Pacers to accelerate the process of George donning purple and gold.

Where do the Lakers fit in all this fiasco?

However, George's team preference may lead him to the opposite side of the country to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Since George didn't make an All-NBA team this past season, he will not be eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Exception, which would have made him eligible to receive a $207 million contract over five years.

George announcing his intention to sign with the Lakers next summer could impact the Cavaliers in another way. If George has made his intentions clear, IN has no chance IN convincing him to stay with the Pacers regardless of any free agent acquisitions they might make to strengthen the team.

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