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.”