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.