We could leave that question unanswered as a hanging rhetorical query, but there’s no need. We all know the answer; it’s unnecessary to leave any hanging doubt. They can’t handle him. And in two, maybe three more games, the box scores will officially show what we pretty clearly know right now.
Bird’s lone mid-season acquisition was signing Lance Stephenson to a free agent contract near the end of the regular season.
The Pacers can offer George a fifth season on his contract for around $30 million more than any other team. If George makes an All-NBA team, Indiana can offer him a five-year deal worth $219 million — nearly $70 million more than any team. The Pacers’ All-Star averaged 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds on 46 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent shooting from downtown, but there are only six forward spots across the three All-NBA teams, so he must compete with LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jimmy Butler.
That slashes the financial incentive for George to remain with the Pacers’ franchise that drafted him 10th overall in 2010. It also increases the odds Indiana fields or accepts a trade offer for their star forward over the summer. Indiana entertained a trade offer from the Boston Celtics near the trade deadline, but stood pat.
George has been linked to returning to his hometown of Los Angeles to play for Magic Johnson Ravens Cheap Jerseys and the Lakers. With no clear path to a championship in Indiana, and now Bird out of the picture, George’s tenure NFL Cheap Jerseys Wholesale with the Pacers could be coming to a close.