There as been a lot of speculation as of recently on the future of the Indiana Pacers. While the Pacers have been adamant about their efforts to build around superstar Paul George in order to make a playoff push. There have been rumors that suggest otherwise.
After making the playoffs and losing in the first round to the Toronto Raptors last season, the Pacers had a very active offseason. Parting ways with center Ian Mahinimi to make room for second year man Myles Turner, and let starting point guard George Hill walk and then signing ex-Hawk’s All-Star point guard, Jeff Teague. They also signed center Al Jefferson, adding to the offense they had already acquired. Maybe their biggest pickup was stretch forward Thaddeus Young, a lethal scoring threat to compliment PG. The Pacers were hoping these additions would aid Paul George in challenging the Cleveland Cavaliers and the rest of the Eastern Conference.
However, the 2016-2017 season has not gone as planned for the Pacers. While they do hold the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, they are only barely over .500 and have basically no chance of getting past the Cavs, Celtics, Raptors or even the red hot Wizards. Injuries, inconsistent play, and lack of defense have led the Pacers to mediocrity.
An even bigger problem that has resulted of this is that Paul George’s future with the team is now in jeopardy. While there has been some talk as to whether or not George is actually up on the trade block, it has been speculated by many analysts that the Pacers may need to start taking offers for the 26-year-old All-Star. The Pacers seemingly aren’t talented enough to make a championship push, and with PG becoming a free agent in 2018, Indy may need to start to test the waters for what they can get in return. Paul George also made a comment on ESPN Radio this week that he “Wants to play for a winner,” and that the most important thing in his mind is winning championships.
He also made a point during the interview that he would love to win a championship with the Indiana Pacers. Indiana has a choice to either help that dream come true ASAP, or trade him. If not and they let him walk, the Pacers will miss out on an amazing opportunity to win now, or rebuild for the future.