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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster

Mar 22, 2017 10:58 PM

Paul George heard some cheers when he was introduced as a visiting member of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Boston and was asked afterward about how the fans received him and his future with the Pacers.

“Yeah, I guess they were in on the rumors,” George said of how fans received him at TD Garden.

In the days leading up to February’s trade deadline the Celtics were reportedly one of a few teams to engage in talks with the Pacers on George.

“I didn't put no energy into it. It was out of my control,” George said of rumors that he might have been traded to the Celtics. "If I was here, I was here. If I remained a Pacer, I was a Pacer. I wasn’t going to put any unnecessary energy where I had no control over.”

George, who can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season, was then asked if he wanted to remain with the Pacers.

“Yeah,” he replied. "If we have a great team, why not?”

George added that if Indiana didn’t have an improved roster, “then me and front office will talk.”

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76ers Made 'Significant' Offer To Pacers For Paul George

Mar 21, 2017 12:58 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers offered a significant trade package at the deadline for Paul George.

The 76ers reportedly offered the Pacers their choice of Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel along with Robert Covington and at least two future first round picks for George.

The 76ers' preference was to keep their own future picks and move the draft rights of other teams like those of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings to protect themselves in case George left in 2018.

The 76ers were not turned off by George's preference to play for the Lakers. Philadelphia was confident in their ability to convince George to stay with their young core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.

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Pacers Don't Have Luxury Of Fully Rebuilding

Mar 21, 2017 12:05 PM

The Indiana Pacers will do everything they can to keep Paul George in the long-term.

The Pacers plan on having approximately $20 million in cap space and will also look to use their own first round pick to acquire a player that will help them immediately.

"I have a budget," Larry Bird said. "Whatever that budget is, I'll spend it. Sometimes, we can't go after max guys, or players we really think could help us, because of our budget."

George wants to play for a contender and the Pacers appear to be stuck somewhere between that strata and the lottery.

"Paul wants to compete for a title," Bird said. "We want Paul here. He has expressed that he wants to be here. That could change overnight. You never know. But whatever I can spend, I'm going to spend."

The Pacers don't have the luxury of being able to afford a full rebuild.

"We can't do that around here," Bird said.

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Lance Stephenson's Tenure With Pacers Shifted With ASG Snub, Evan Turner Trade

Mar 21, 2017 11:56 AM

The Indiana Pacers began to have issues during their run of reaching the Conference Finals during the second half of the 13-14 season.

Lance Stephenson didn't make the All-Star Game while Roy Hibbert was selected. The Pacers then traded Danny Granger for Evan Turner, which upset the locker room and unnerved Stephenson. 

"There were issues with Lance not making the All-Star team," Frank Vogel said. "The addition of Evan kind of screwed him up. Evan's a great guy. The moves totally made sense. They just messed us up a little."

Stephenson turned down a five-year, $44 million deal that July and signed with the Charlotte Hornets. 

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets

Mar 21, 2017 10:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers discussed a Paul George trade with at least the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline.

The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading George.

George wants to play for a contender and can be a free agent in 2018.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as the place he would like to play if he leaves Indiana.

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Larry Bird: I Wasn't Motivated To Trade Paul George At Deadline

Mar 7, 2017 11:32 AM

Larry Bird claims the Indiana Pacers weren't interested in trading Paul George at the deadline.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were amongst the teams who called Bird. Magic Johnson's call to Bird lasted less than five minutes and consisted mostly of small talk.

“I wasn’t motivated to move Paul George at the deadline,” Bird said. “I can’t remember if it was even brought up or not. I don’t think it was. It’s all fake news anyway. You know that. Somebody’s gonna start it and [it] just was a snowball effect. [The phone call] was not about Paul George.”

George can become a free agent in 2018 and reportedly will consider signing with the Lakers.

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Lakers Advised Not To 'Gut' Team To Trade For Paul George

Feb 24, 2017 2:39 PM

While the future of Paul George wasn't decided at the deadline, his preference of options became somewhat clear.

George will strongly consider signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 if the Indiana Pacers aren't in contention for a title.

"Here's the issue with Paul George: he's made it clear that if he's going to leave Indiana, he's going home to L.A.," said Wojnarowski. "He grew up in southern California. Big Kobe Bryant fan. His dad is a big Magic Johnson fan. Obviously Magic is running the organization now.

"The direction that I was told that the Lakers got in the last couple of days was 'hey, don't gut your team to go get Paul George.'

"Magic Johnson did lob a call to Larry Bird, but if you're the Lakers and you don't have a tremendous amount of assets, they have some young players they hope will develop. They're going to sit back and wait to sign him as a free agent. They're going to have cap space in 2018.

"If they were to try to trade for him, they would have to give up the core of their team and Paul George is going to have no one to play with there.

"I think this is how the Pacers are looking at this. All things being equal, they know that Paul George would rather be in L.A., but they are not equal."

If George doesn't qualify for the supermax contract, the Pacers can sign him to a five-year, $180 million deal while a rival team can sign him to a four-year, $132 million deal.

The Nuggets were essentially warned that George will sign with the Lakers in 2018 if they trade for him.

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Paul George Frustrated Pacers Didn't Loop Him In On Trade Talks

Feb 23, 2017 6:46 PM

The Indiana Pacers took trade talks with Paul George down to the wire ahead of the deadline but elected to keep him. The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets were engaged with the Pacers on talks for George.

George addressed the media shortly after the deadline passed and expressed his frustrations that he wasn't better briefed by the Pacers on the talks.

"I kind of was on the ropes just like you guys on what was about to happen. It was kind of a dark moment of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, I thought I'd be in the loop a little more than that."

According to various reports, George would like to re-sign with the Pacers if they can compete for a title, or sign outright with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.

After the team’s practice Wednesday, George said he was focused on leading the Pacers after an inconsistent season through 57 games.

“I’m committed here,” George said then. “Myself and the front office, we’ve had great talks. I’ve got a job to do and I’m trying to turn a season around, trying to get us playing better. That’s where my mind is. It’s easy to block out everything else. I can’t allow that to weigh on me. This is what’s important right now.”

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Nuggets Were Hesitant To Include Jamal Murray In Offer For Paul George

Feb 23, 2017 5:51 PM

The Denver Nuggets made an aggressive offer to the Indiana Pacers at the deadline for Paul George.

The Nuggets recruited a third team in the talks but were hesitant to part with Jamal Murray for George. Murray has been one of the most promising rookies of the 2016 draft class.

Denver was also reportedly informed that George is most interested in either re-signing with the Pacers or joining the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.

The Nuggets made Nikola Jokic completely untouchable.

Denver was similarly aggressive in landing a star during the 2016 offseason.

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Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George

Feb 23, 2017 5:41 PM

The Atlanta Hawks pursued trades for both Jimmy Butler and Paul George at the deadline.

Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks with more than three first rounders discussed. The Hawks own all of their own first round picks as well as future firsts from the Wolves and Cavs.

The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls decided to keep Butler and George respectively.

The Hawks have been stuck between rebuilding and continuing to contend as they decided to keep Paul Millsap at the deadline.

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Pacers Decide To Keep Paul George
The Pacers received offers for Paul from the Celtics, Nuggets and others.

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Paul George Not Interested In Nuggets Long-Term After Pacers Receive 'Monster' Offer
The Nuggets conveyed a "monster" offer to the Pacers for Paul George but the talks gained no traction.

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Celtics Finally Discuss Nets' Pick With Pacers On Paul George
The Celtics are seeking a superstar of Paul George's station.

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Paul George Won't Commit Long-Term To Team Other Than Pacers, Lakers
Paul George has been clear his preference is to remain with the Pacers if they can become title contenders but signing with the Lakers in 2018 is his Plan B.

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Magic Reaches Out To Bird With Lakers' Interest In Paul George
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird spoke to each other on the call about the Lakers' interest in Paul George.

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Paul George Told Pacers' Owner He's Committed If They Can Contend For Title
Paul George can become a free agent in 2018 and is not presently expected to qualify for the supermax contract extension.

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Pacers Testing Trade Market For Paul George
While the Pacers are looking to surround Paul George with talent and sign him to a long-term extension, they are also soliciting offers to begin rebuilding around Myles Turner.

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Pacers Not Considering Any Trade Offers For Paul George
The Pacers plan on keeping both Jeff Teague and Myles Turner along with Paul George.

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Pacers Interested In Trading For Jahlil Okafor
The Pacers have been motivated to upgrade their roster around Paul George and appear willing to trade their first round pick this season.

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Pelicans Make Inquiries On DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George
New Orleans is making everyone on their available to pair Anthony Davis with another All-Star talent, including Buddy Hield.

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Celtics Reluctant To Compromise Cap Space Unless Dealing For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
To date, there has not been any traction on any deals that would tempt Danny Ainge to trade away any of his top assets

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Pacers Shopping 2017 First Round Pick Concerned About Window With Paul George

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Paul George Not Ready To Commit To Extension With Pacers
Paul George has two seasons remaining on his current contract valued at $40.2 million, but he can opt out a season early to become a free agent in 2018.

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Glenn Robinson III To Participate In Dunk Contest
Glenn Robinson III has 11 dunks this season in just under 1,000 minutes.

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Pacers Assign Rakeem Christmas, Joe Young To D-League
Joe Young has appeared in 20 games, averaging 2.7 points in 5.4 minutes.

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Paul George: This Season Hasn't Been Fun
The Pacers have a 15-18 record and Paul George has received $25,000 worth of fines.

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Paul George Fined $15k For 'Little Brother' Remark
Paul George was asked if he felt that things would be different if he played for a big-market team.

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New CBA To Contain Designated Veteran Extension Provision
Teams will be able to choose a Designated Veteran to sign to a long-term extension.

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Thunder, Pacers, Rockets Have Had Interest In Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay can become a free agent this offseason and has openly suggested he isn't interested in re-signing with the Kings.

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Pacers Have Zero Interest In Even Listening To Paul George Trade Offers
The Pacers are trying to build around Paul George and Myles Turner.

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