Paul George trade rumors: Rockets making big push for Pacers star
Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard explained why after the Pacers’ draft night had concluded. “I’m confident that we’ll get something, and there’s so many things on the board”. He even went to say that George should not have gone public about his move and that he should have rather sat down with the front office first. We’re going to get what we want and that’s what we pursue and that’s what other teams are pursuing too.
George’s agent had informed the Pacers of George’s intentions to leave following the expiration of his contract in summer 2018.
“Right now”, he said, “there’s enough on the board that we feel good about that we can pull the trigger at any time”. And since George is widely expected to join hometown franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, other suitors for the All-Star forward are hesitant to part with valuable assets for a one-year “rental”. George has always been linked to his hometown Lakers, so to hear them as his preference wasn’t a surprise. Magic Johnson has repeatedly said that Ingram is not on the table for a potential trade but the prospect of placing George next to Lonzo Ball (who the Lakers selected No. 2 overall Thursday) this coming season is enticing for LA. “If we would’ve known this a little longer ago or a few months ago, I think we could have been a little bit more prepared”.
“I co-host a weekly radio show on 1430 AM in Indianapolis, where Scott also works (among his many gigs)”.
“There’s a lot of scenarios where we’d like to bring him back, some that we may not”, he said.
“For me it was a gut-punch”, Pritchard shared early into Friday morning. “In my opinion, I was very inclusive with (George) and the message over the summer up until this weekend was, ‘Let’s build a winning team.’ When that came in that he wanted to look at another place, it was gut punch for us”.
Now, the Pacers are in a race to get something in return for George, as opposed to letting him walk for nothing next summer. However, despite gaining momentum at one point, talks between the two sides have stalled, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Pritchard is unhappy with the situation, and it’s understandable. Pritchard didn’t rule out the possibility of George still being on the roster when training camp opens in the fall.
If Pritchard wants things to not get worse, he’ll find a way to deal George, as opposed to letting him walk next July for nothing as he enters his prime.