On the surface, Indiana Pacers star Paul George has had a good year.
He was the cover athlete for the incredibly popular franchise 2K’s latest edition, NBA 2K17 and his brand-new signature kicks are doing exceptionally well since their release date in March. If you haven’t seen all of the colorways on these sneakers, you really need to check them out here.
He could also make a killing if he is named to one of the league’s All-NBA teams.
There’s just one small blemish on the fantastic 2016-17 Paul is having…
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The Pacers’ season came to a screeching halt at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who swept Indiana in the first round.
Team president Larry Bird stepped down and Kevin Pritchard stepped in and held the exit meetings with the players, per status quo.
Pritchard told the media that he had a talk with George for nearly an hour and that the four-time All-Star spoke as if he wanted to be with the Pacers in the future.
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The problem is, that if that were the case, George gave him the PC answer because former teammates and those close to George said that he told them he would like to go to Los Angeles and play for his hometown Lakers.
So the Pacers have a decision to make.
They can either pay George a massive contract extension to keep him in Indianapolis (which they don’t appear to want to do) or trade him now before losing him next season in free agency and getting nothing in return.
Gut first reaction: Bird stepping down, Pritchard in is a sign that a rebuild is coming to Indiana, and that includes a Paul George trade.
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) April 28, 2017
The likely scenario is a trade is imminent.
So who are the likely suitors and what will they pay George to keep him longer than next season?