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Paul George explains the main reasons behind his decision to leave Indiana

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After seven years with the Indiana Pacers, Paul George's tenure with the franchise came to an end this summer after he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With the small forward set to enter free agency in 2018, he informed the Pacers that he wouldn't be re-signing and they were left with little option but to offload him and get something in return.

Surprisingly, they accepted a deal which saw them acquire Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis for the superstar.

Since his departure from Indianapolis, George hasn't gone into much detail about his reasons for wanting to leave, but he recently opened up about it in an interview with USA Today's Sam Amick.

Speaking on the "A to Z" podcast, the 27-year-old explained that his frustrations with the organisation began in 2014 when they decided to trade Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers.

"I’ve seen a guy that played for that (Pacers) organisation, gave that organisation everything they had, or everything he had, and was essentially traded to the dogs," George said.

"And I’m speaking on Danny Granger, who was one of the better players in Pacers history. And at the time, they traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers. And this was a guy that was battling injuries, and that’s where you send him?

"The guy is trying to get back on his feet, trying to work back to this league, (and) you send him to the Philadelphia Sixers? Why, because that makes you better? Do what’s right by the player that’s given you everything.

"So (there) was a lot of that in my seven years there, a lot of that kind of played a role and (took) a toll on me: 'Well, what will they do to me now? Like, where would I go?'"

After making the Eastern Conference Finals in back-to-back years against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2013 and 2014, Indiana took a huge decline as much of that team was broken up.

The likes of Lance Stephenson, Roy Hibbert and David West all left, leaving PG13 as the only remaining player from that successful group.

The Pacers failed to reach those heights again and were guilty of not bringing in another star to help George and he admitted he felt let down by the front office.

"From my understanding, in my mind of playing for one organisation, I’m thinking, 'OK, this is Indiana. This is a small market, and guys have opportunities to play in bigger markets (like) LA, Miami, New York, Dallas, or Houston,'" he said.

"So from my understanding, it was like, 'It’d be hard to build a team with multiple superstars,' (but in his) first year I get here, we already have three superstars on the team. It just goes to show what’s possible with different organisations," said George.

The four-time All-Star cannot hide his excitement at now teaming up with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City next season and believes he has a realistic chance of finally hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy in June.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Paul George
Indiana Pacers
Central Division
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder

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