George on trade rumors: ‘I’m a Pacer’

Pacers forward Paul George is the latest NBA star to be at the center of contract/trade rumors.

Indiana Pacers star Paul George is in the final year of his contract, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he is looking to move on.

In fact, George indicated to Indianapolis reporters that he is aware of the trade rumors centered on him — and is focused on staying, anyway.

George, via the Indianapolis Star:

“I’m under contract as a Pacer. That’s all that needs to really be known. I’m here. I’m a Pacer. Again, what I’ve been dealing with is stories. You guys talking or teams talking. I’m a Pacer. There’s no way around that. This is my team, my group and this is where I’m at.”

George has been frequently mentioned as someone who may end up with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. He has also been linked to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in recent weeks.

But he told reporters: ““I don’t talk to LeBron at all. We don’t communicate. I look up to LeBron, obviously. He’s been a tremendous ambassador to this game. He’s been a very huge influence for me outside of the game, but we don’t communicate and figure out where one another’s going.”

George concluded: “Again, what I’ve always been preaching, mores o than you see now, is having guys I can win with. Wanting to win, it came from the heart and it’s very sincere on wanting to bring that to Indiana. That’s where my heart is going to always be.”