There’s a lot of speculation about Paul George’s future with the Pacers. Around the trade deadline, team president Larry Bird openly discussed how they were fielding calls for the All-Star, but eventually determined they wouldn’t get enough in return to make a deal.
With George set to be a free agent in 2018, there’s more talk about a potential trade in the offseason, or at some point before next year’s deadline. It’s been widely reported that George would like to play for his hometown Lakers, but he’s also expressed interest remaining in Indy.
Perhaps in an effort to retain George, the Pacers signed Lance Stephenson last week. The two players are good friends, and it’s not far-fetched to think Stephenson was brought in as a way to keep George.
Via “Return of the King,” courtesy of NBC Sports:
After watching the afternoon sessions of his camp, James went to McCarran International Airport and boarded a Nike-owned jet. Its destination was Miami, and Wade joined him on the flight, which had been previously arranged as he got a ride back home. Two days later, on Saturday, he was scheduled to go to Rio de Janeiro for the conclusion of the World Cup as part of a Nike promotion. On the plane were Nike personnel, some of James’s staff, and Wade. As the plane traveled east and night fell, James reviewed and Wholesale Jerseys Cheap made some changes to Jenkins’s first draft. But Wade was still not told.
“You can’t ask Dwyane to carry that,” [James’ agent Rich] Paul said. “He couldn’t. It would’ve put him in a terrible position.”
While this isn’t necessarily groundbreaking news, it’s kind of Wholesale NFL Jerseys China interesting to know James had already made his decision, but couldn’t tell one of his best friends. In the end, it worked out for their friendship as they still remain close.