Indiana Pacers Off-Season Start Early
Sometimes when the going gets tough it’s time to go.
Sunday, the Indian Pacers held their last home game of the season. The Cleveland Cavaliers would swoop past them for a win and a series sweep.
The results of the series may be what was expected but no game was guaranteed. The Cavs highest winning margin was only six points. They also gave up over 100 points in each game. But the Pacers never made a winning effort.
Now that the season’s over for the Pacers what is next on the list?
The main priority should be to make their only star Paul George happy.
George outwardly showed his disdain of his team throughout the first round in various post-game interviews. A media exchange with C.J. Miles regarding a missed last second shot is particularly of interest.
Factor in that the Los Angeles Lakers might want to take George off Indiana’s hands and things are not so straight forward.
Magic Johnson, President of Basketball Operations in LA, went on Jimmy Kimmel Live and hinted at the chance. According to the New York Post, these are his statements.
“You just can’t say, ‘Hey, I want you to come to the Lakers,’ even though I’ll be wink-winking like, ‘You know what that means, right?’”
The trade of George could benefit both teams. The Pacers will definitely receive young talent. Maybe even a great on in D’Angelo Russell. Many think he will be on the move as this year’s draft seems deep in talented guards.
The Lakers then will have that star player others may want to play with. George remains as one of the top two-way players in the league. He averaged 23.7 points and 6.6 rounds with 1.6 steals says ESPN.
Now as George looks back over his time in Indiana he has an off season of decisions. Even ex-Pacer, Danny Granger thinks it may be wise to leave.
He has gone from a title contender to barley making the playoffs and the star wants to win.
“We’ll see what moves the team makes and how it stacks up going forward,” George said, according to the Associated Press. “If we want to win, [Cleveland is] a team that we have to work toward stacking up against. At some point, if we want to be serious as a team, we’ve got to look at how we can match up against them.”
Watch: Paul George 2017 Highlights