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Hawks Offered Four Future First Round Picks To Pacers For Paul George

May 19, 2017 1:12 AM

The Atlanta Hawks offered four first round picks to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Paul George at the trade deadline.

The Pacers also received trade interest in George from the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets.

In addition to their own picks, the Hawks own future first rounders from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018 and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019.

The Hawks' front office has since undergone significant changes, with Mike Budenholzer stepping down as president of basketball operations. Atlanta is still searching for their ultimate decision maker.

With George only one year from free agency and believed to prefer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, it is unlikely the Pacers will receive a package of that quality again if they revisit trade talks.

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Lakers Confident Of Signing Paul George In 2018

May 18, 2017 1:10 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers believe they will be in position to sign Paul George during the summer of 2018.

The Lakers have been advised not to give up assets to trade for George ahead of his free agency.

The Indiana Pacers considered trading away George at the deadline. George is believed to prefer to sign with the Lakers if the Pacers do not improve their status as contenders.

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Paul George Only Talked Scenarios Of Staying With Pacers During Exit Meeting

May 1, 2017 12:54 PM

The future of Paul George with the Indiana Pacers remains uncertain but new chief decision-maker Kevin Pritchard seemed to suggest he wants to remain with the franchise.

"In every scenario he talked about being here," said Pritchard about his exit meeting conversations with George.

George can become a free agent in 2018. George reportedly has interest in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers if he doesn't stay with the Pacers.

If George makes one of the three All-NBA teams, he would become eligible for a supermax extension, which would improve the Pacers' odds of retaining him.

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Pacers Announce Larry Bird's Departure, Elevation Of Kevin Pritchard

May 1, 2017 10:51 AM

The Indiana Pacers announced Larry Bird is stepping down as President of Basketball Operations with current Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Kevin Pritchard assuming Bird’s position. Bird will remain with the team in an advisory role.

“I felt it was time to step away in a full-time capacity,” said Bird. “This has nothing to do with my health or our team. I’m 60 years old and I want to do other things away from basketball. I will do some scouting for the Pacers, NBA, college, international, do some appearances and stay in a capacity to advise senior basketball management. I love the Pacers, I grew up with the Pacers and admired them from a very young age. I want to thank the fans for their support throughout my career. I also want to thank (owner) Herb Simon for the many years of loyalty and for allowing me to stay with the team in a different role.”

“This is not a shock to me as Larry has always been up front about someday stepping down,” said Simon. “I thank him for all that he has done and am very pleased he is remaining with the Pacers in a different capacity.”

The 49-year-old Pritchard has been with the Pacers five years, first as Director of Player Personnel before becoming General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager. He previously had been General Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2007-10 where he helped turn around a team that in 2008-09 posted the sixth-best record in franchise history (54-28) and made the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

“I want to thank Herb, Larry and Donnie (Walsh) for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Pritchard. “As someone who grew up in Indiana (he was born in Bloomington), I’ve always felt the Pacers’ pride. The goal is always going to be the same as it has been through Donnie and Larry: to make this a world-class organization.”

“I have the utmost faith in Kevin taking over,” said Simon. “He has learned from a couple of great ones, Donnie and Larry, while with the Pacers. We all feel he will do a tremendous job.”

Added Bird, “I’m very happy Kevin is stepping in and glad another Hoosier is in line to take over this job. He has a lot of experience from the past five years as a GM and he’s ready to step into a leading role. With us, he has had his own ideas on the draft, players, and now he gets an opportunity to push his basketball abilities to the forefront. His role will be no different than mine was. He will make all final decisions on all basketball-related matters. There can only be one voice and it will be his.”

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Larry Bird Stepping Down As President Of Pacers

Apr 28, 2017 12:37 PM

Larry Bird will step down as president of the Indiana Pacers with Kevin Pritchard taking over basketball operations.

Bird is expected to continue working for the Pacers as a consultant. Bird was head coach of the Pacers in the late 1990s and returned to the team in 2003 as President of Basketball Operations. Bird left the Pacers in 2012 due to health issues before returning a year later.

The Orlando Magic have also been asking around about Bird as a possible candidate for president.

Pritchard previously ran the Portland Trail Blazers and joined the Pacers in 2011. In 2012, Pritchard was promoted to general manager working under Bird.

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Paul George Not Ready To Think About Future

Apr 24, 2017 11:29 AM

The Indiana Pacers were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their first round series, quickly setting up a potentially momentous offseason for the franchise with Paul George.

George was asked whether he wants to remain with the Pacers and what it would take for him to be convinced stay.

“I ain’t even at that point, yet,” George said after the loss.

George has been connected to the Los Angeles Lakers, a franchise desperate for a star of his magnitude. 

“End of the day, it falls on me. I can always do things better,” George said.

George and the Pacers have been on the losing end of LeBron James' teams repeatedly in the playoffs.

“It’s real frustrating to continue losing to the same team, or the same person. It’s what I work hard for in the summer, to try to help lead a team of my own and it’s ultimately who I’m always going to see and face. But again, came up short. Didn’t do enough,” George said. “If we want to win, that’s the team that we have to work towards stacking up against. If we want to be serious, that’s the team we’ve got to look at and figure out how can we match up against them.”


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Herb Simon: Paul George Wants A Winning Team And It's Our Job To Get Him One

Apr 16, 2017 11:54 PM

Herb Simon had a rare one-on-one interview to discuss the state of the Indianapolis Pacers ahead of the start of the playoffs.

Simon was asked about his thoughts on Paul George's play this season and his future with the franchise.

"This guy has taken over the team and pulled us up," said Simons. "I think very highly of him. I think he was incredibly personable at our breakfast in New Orleans during the All-Star weekend. He was very open. He wants to be a champion. He wants a winning team and it’s our job to get him one. He’s got that desire to be a special player, which he is, and to have a special team. We’re all on the same wavelength. It’s just a matter of we both have to produce. He has to produce and we have to give him the players to produce with."

George was the subject of trade talks at the deadline.

"Basically, we were offered a lot of things. We didn’t even think of taking any of them. (President) Larry (Bird) will give you a better feel for it, but the answer is you can’t stop people from making offers. But it wasn’t any question of accepting any of them."

Simon believes the Pacers can win a title with George.

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Paul George Wanted Ball Back From C.J. Miles

Apr 15, 2017 8:55 PM

During the final seconds of the Indiana Pacers' 109-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1, Paul George passed the ball to C.J. Miles when he was double teamed. George was expecting to get the ball back from Miles, but instead Miles missed a 14-footer.

"I talked to CJ about it," George said. "In situations like that, I gotta get the last shot. I was asking for it. CJ took it upon himself."

"CJ had a pretty decent look," Nate McMillan said. "We have to make that shot."

LeBron James believes George made the right decision.

"I can only speak for myself. When you're doubling me, I'm giving it up. That's me," James said. "I don't know how everybody else feels about that, but if you get a double, I think we all know math in here: There's two guys on the ball, and that means there's a 4-on-3. You have your numbers. So if you're the best player on the floor, that doesn't mean you have to take the shot. I think he made the right play, and you live with the results."


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Paul George, Chris Paul Named Players Of The Month

Apr 14, 2017 1:09 PM

Paul George and Chris Paul have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for April.

George averaged an NBA-high 32.8 points and added 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists as the Pacers went 5-1 in April to clinch a playoff spot for the sixth time in seven seasons. 

Paul averaged 21.2 points, 9.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds in April while the Clippers went 5-0.

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Nate McMillan, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month

Apr 14, 2017 12:39 PM

The Indiana Pacers' Nate McMillan and the LA Clippers' Doc Rivers were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

McMillan guided the Pacers to a 5-1 record during April, tied for the best mark in the Eastern Conference. Indiana closed the month and the regular season with five consecutive victories to secure the seventh playoff seed in the East. For the month, the Pacers ranked third in the NBA in scoring (115.5 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage (50.1) and point differential (plus-11.7). 

Behind Rivers, the Clippers went 5-0 in April to finish as the NBA's only undefeated team for the month and extend their regular-season-ending winning streak to seven games. LA outscored its opponents by a league-best 16.4 points per game and led the NBA in field goal percentage (51.5). On the final day of the regular season, the Clippers defeated the Sacramento Kings 115-95 to clinch the fourth playoff seed in the Western Conference.

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Paul George, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week
Paul George paced the East in scoring (31.7 ppg) and tied for seventh in rebounding (9.0 rpg) while shooting 57.4 percent from the field as the Pacers went 3-0 for the week.

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Paul George Believes He's Worthy Of All-NBA Spot
If Paul George is named to one of the three All-NBA teams, he would become eligible for a designated veteran player extension with the Indiana Pacers worth more than $200 million.

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Pacers Agree To Sign Lance Stephenson To Three-Year, $12M Deal
Lance Stephenson left the Pacers to sign with the Hornets in the 2014 offseason.

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Paul George Criticizes Teammates 'Pride' Following Loss
The Pacers blew a fourth quarter lead to damage their playoff chances.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Pacers To Waive Rodney Stuckey
Rodney Stuckey had an April 10th guarantee date on his contract for the 17-18 season worth $7 million.

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Rodney Stuckey Out 4-6 Weeks With Left Patellar Tendon Strain
Rodney Stuckey sustained the injury on Sunday.

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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster
Paul George said 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
The 76ers' preference was to keep their own future picks and move the draft rights of other teams like those of the Lakers and Kings.

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Pacers Don't Have Luxury Of Fully Rebuilding
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.

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Lance Stephenson's Tenure With Pacers Shifted With ASG Snub, Evan Turner Trade
The Pacers began to have issues during their run of reaching the Conference Finals during the second half of the 13-14 season.

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets
The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading Paul George.

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Larry Bird: I Wasn't Motivated To Trade Paul George At Deadline
Magic Johnson's call to Larry Bird lasted less than five minutes and consisted mostly of small talk.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

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

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Paul George Frustrated Pacers Didn't Loop Him In On Trade Talks
The Pacers took trade talks with Paul George down to the wire ahead of the deadline but elected to keep him.

Nate Taylor/Indianapolis Star

Nuggets Were Hesitant To Include Jamal Murray In Offer For Paul George
Jamal Murray has been one of the most promising rookies of the 2016 draft class.

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Hawks Made Aggressive Offers For Jimmy Butler, Paul George
Atlanta made aggressive offers built around a package of draft picks.

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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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