After the Pacers got swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs, Jeff Teague expressed his desire to stay with the organization. Not to say that it's surprising that consistently losing to the same team or person could cause a player to be frustrated.
Paul George is heading into the offseason with a lot of questions regarding his future with the Indian Pacers. Around your best player, complementary skillsets become more valuable.
Getting over the hump means defeating LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the playoffs while James is on a realistic mission to be the best player of all-time.
While George hasn't said what he wants to see from the organization, he seemed to enjoy being reunited with longtime friend and 2010 draft mate Lance Stephenson.
In July, George can sign a mega-extension worth up to six-years and $223 million with the Pacers, but it remains to be seen if IN will decide to trade away their cornerstone IN the hopes of rebuilding for a bigger and brighter future. When the Pacers played in London back in January, Silver indicated that it was "highly likely" that the league would return to Indianapolis for an All-Star Game "in the near future".
If George doesn't make All-NBA for 2016-17, he could stay in IN next season and get the same extension if he makes All-NBA for 2017-18.
In what was the final year of his contract, Teague made $8 million dollars.
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If George is not DPE eligible, the Pacers will have to decide if they want to risk him becoming an unrestricted free agent for 2018-19.
BIRD: Now, if you're unhappy with us, then I want to have a productive conversation about what we can do to improve things, though I'll be damned if it involves talking to Magic and making a trade with him.
PAUL GEORGE: [takes out phone] Sure.
IN may be forced to play the same game of dice next summer and hope George doesn't leave in unrestricted free agency a year from now.
George, who turns 27 in a week (May 2), averaged a career-high 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists this season, which wrapped up Sunday in a four-game sweep to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Sixers have plenty of draft picks that would be ideal for a team looking to rebuild to get a hold of.
The Clippers appear to be the flawless landing spot for George: it's L.A. with an All Star point guard. The Pacers have precisely one good young player on their roster in Turner, Robinson III may end up as a solid role player, and trading George would start a multi-year rebuild not guaranteed to succeed in a small market.