Paul George says he is committed to playing for the Indiana Pacers next season.

After that, it's anybody's guess.

The four-time All-Star forward provided clarity on his short-term plan Thursday before playing in a charity softball game just a short walk away from the only NBA arena he's called home.

"I am a Pacer. I am under contract, and I intend to play,'' George said while sitting in the first-base dugout.

George's succinct message might satisfy Pacers fans temporarily, though the much larger question looms: Will he continue to suit up in Indiana beyond 2017-18?

If he doesn't sign the max contract former president of basketball operations Larry Bird had promised before July 2018, George could become one of the most coveted free agents on the market next summer.

He has averaged 18.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game over seven NBA seasons and is considered one of the best two-way players in the league.

The past two seasons have been the best of his career. Since returning for the final six games of the 2014-15 season, after gruesomely breaking his left leg, George has taken his game to new heights. He averaged 23.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in 2015-16.

Last season, he scored 23.7 points and grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game, not quite enough to earn a spot on the three all-NBA teams and perhaps costing him an additional $75 million from the Pacers.

All of those factors, and George's occasional dissatisfaction with what has gone on inside the organization, has led to speculation that the 27-year-old star could sign with his hometown team and lead the Los Angeles Lakers to another title.