George tells Pacers he wants to go to L.A.

FILE: Paul George at Pacers Media Day on Sept. 26, 2016 (WTHR photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Eyewitness sports team has confirmed a published report that Pacers star Paul George has told the team he plans to play his last season in Indiana this year and leave as a free agent in the summer of 2018.

According to the report by Andrian Wojnarowski citing "league sources" on The Vertical, George's agent, Aaron Mintz, told new Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard that he wanted to spare the franchise any confusion about his intentions.

WTHR has confirmed that George's agent told the team last week that his client wants to go to Los Angeles.

Those league sources say George has not requested a trade, but wants to sign elsewhere - preferably with the Lakers. George grew up in Southern California.

George can sign a four-year deal worth as much as $130 million with Los Angeles next year.

Sources told Wojnarowski that George wanted to give the Pacers a chance to plan appropriately for their future without him.

The Pacers would be able to trade George before he becomes a free agent, but the team has not made any such plans public.

Check back for updates to this developing story.