Paul George: Leaving Pacers For Lakers Wouldn't Be Smart Move
Paul George is eligible for an extension with the Indiana Pacers through Oct. 31.
The Pacers plan to make George a "major" offer.
George, a native of the Los Angeles area, could be a target of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014 if he becomes a restricted free agent.
"Everywhere I go [in L.A.] they say, 'We want you here. Don't sign with the Pacers,' " George said. "I hear that constantly. It's getting a little repetitive … but I'm getting used to it.
"I understand it. I can't really be mad about it. It's a great feeling when people in the stands really want you."
George became an All-Star last season.
"I'm happy to be in Indiana," George said. "I'm happy to be where I am. If I was going to leave Indiana and come to the Lakers, it just wouldn't be a smart move for me. We got a great thing going right now."
A source told ESPN's Marc Stein that a max extension is a "foregone conclusion."