What Should The Indiana Pacers Do With Paul George?

Well, the NBA trade deadline has just passed and despite a lot of rumors and talk, the Indiana Pacers did not make any major moves with their best player Paul George.  Paul George has been pretty vocal lately that he wants to be on a team that is going to compete for the NBA Championship.  Even though the Pacers are in the less competitive Eastern Conference they are still a far cry from being the best in the East.

The Indiana Pacers are currently sitting at the number six spot in the eastern conference with a record of 29-26.  Just a few years ago they made the eastern conference finals and gave Lebron James and the Miami Heat all they could handle before being beaten.  However, that was a much different team.  One that focused heavily on defense.  In fact, the team has changed so much since then that Paul George is the only player left from that team.  David West has moved on to try to get a ring at Golden State, and George Hill was traded and has been thriving for the Utah Jazz.

Paul George has an option to enter free agency at the summer of 2018.  Larry Bird has already offered Paul George an extension at a max deal which would give Paul more than 20 million dollars per year.  This is definitely more than any other team in the league will be able to offer Paul George.  However, when you make that kind of money, getting paid the most is not necessarily your biggest priority.  Paul has been in the league for 8 years now and it is time for him to see a ring.  He would be willing to take less money for a chance at that.  And come on, taking less isn’t exactly going to hurt him.

Even if he did take a contract that earned him less money he will still be making 15 to 20 million a year.  That is not exactly roughing it.  It is more money that him or his family will be able to spend.  So what should the Pacers do knowing that Paul will most likely want to look into free agency?  I suggest they get the ball rolling quickly and look to get orlando fl psychics the most out of their All-Star while they have him.  They could get a great player from another team in a trade and some quality draft picks for a superstar of George’s caliber.

The upcoming draft is supposed to be filled with a lot of promising talent and this could bode well for Indiana.  They still have a wonderful talent in Myles Turner and could focus on building the team around him.  Only time will tell what the Indiana Pacers plan to do but the time is now and they need to act fast.

Jaromir Jagr still is dominating the NHL at 45

This week was a big deal in the career of Jaromir Jagr.  Not only did he celebrate his 45th birthday, he also was able to score his 1,900th point of his amazing career.  Jaromir currently plays for the Florida Panthers and is still making a difference for his team.  This past Friday he had an incredible solo effort to provide the Panthers with the go ahead goal in the second period.

Lately the Panthers have been putting up some really good numbers and it has all sprung from their focus on defense.  Jaromir Jagr is the main man behind the teams defense.  At the age of 45 he is definitely not a spring chicken.  However, at the rate he is going he will probably be able to continue playing until he reaches the age of 50 and still be a factor.

Jagr gave Florida a 2-1 lead with a moment of his ageless brilliance. He stole the puck from defenseman Josh Manson coming out from behind the Ducks’ net and calmly used a series of dekes to leave John Gibson seated on his backside before pocketing his 760th career goal.

“We fed their offense with our inability to execute with the puck,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “They turned the game in their favor with us gifting the puck to them.”

Rowe stressed a more controlled and focused approach to defense during the morning skate, and he used a timeout midway through third period to reinforce that lesson. Afterward, the Panthers were able to balance holding off the Ducks’ late charge and still getting into the offensive zone.

“I think prior to that we were sitting back a little too much, giving them too much respect,” Sceviour said. “We knew they were going to push. I think we started playing a little more in their end in the second 10 and that made it better for us.”

Andrew Cogliano scored a short-handed goal and Gibson stopped 27 shots for the Ducks, who had picked up a point in 12 of their previous 14 home games.

Anaheim’s stout penalty kill unit provided cassadaga psychic readings the first goal of the game early in the second. Cogliano was able to glove down Logan Shaw’s pass and scored on a breakaway, putting a shot between Reimer’s legs. Cogliano has now contributed three of the Ducks’ seven short-handed goals this season.

But the Panthers subsequently equalized on an innocuous wrist shot from Sceviour. There were three bodies in front of Gibson and he couldn’t see the shot until it was too late, as Sceviour picked up his seventh goal of the season.

“It’s a poised group on the bench,” Rowe said. “They don’t usually get too panicked. And that’s where Jags comes in. The veteran guys, they keep the young kids calm.”