Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Stephenson said he will do whatever it takes in order to keep George—who can opt out of his contract following the 2017-18 season—with the Pacers.
"I gotta get all my guys, tie him up on a chair, and say, 'You ain't going nowhere, Paul George,'" he said, according to Fox Sports 97.5's Derek Schultz.
George is scheduled to earn $19.5 million next season, but he's able to get out of his deal with the Pacers in the summer of 2018 by declining a $20.7 million player option.
Although that's a hefty sum to turn down, the league's rising salary cap and the Pacers' status as a middling Eastern Conference club on the outside of the title picture could force George to ponder a future elsewhere.
Specifically, USA Today's Sam Amick reported George has his sights set on Purple and Gold surroundings.
As rumors swirled around George's status with the Pacers at the February trade deadline, Amick reported "George - barring a title chance in Indy - is hell-bent on heading for Laker Land. This message has been sent throughout NBA."
The Pacers and Stephenson still have time to change his mind with a fruitful 2017-18 season, but anything less than a stunning vault into the Eastern Conference's elite realm figures to put George's status with the only NBA team he's ever known up in the air.
Contract information courtesy of Spotrac.com.