Paul George not making the All-NBA team essentially seals his fate in Indiana – why would the Pacers keep him this summer, and then risk losing him for nothing next summer? If you think Indiana can somehow put together a lineup that could get them to the Eastern Conference Finals next year and Paul George can get named to All-NBA and then would accept the $207 million Supermax offer … that’s a lot of things to fall into place.
Far too much to risk. Especially for a team that hasn’t won a playoff series since 2014.
No pressure, rookie GM Kevin Pritchard! Just pick up the phone, call Magic Johnson (come on, he’s not calling Rob Pelinka), and ask what he’d want in exchange for George. Magic, the savvy businessman, knows the Pacers have zero leverage, so he might laugh and say, ‘thanks, but we’ll just scoop him up in free agency next year without giving up anything.’
Pritchard’s obvious reply: Ok, gotta run, I’m calling the Celtics and Heat next, have a swell summer.