Indiana Pacers Rebuild: Trade Paul George, Build Around Myles Turner, and Bottom Out


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This is the reality of sports: It’s tough for teams to consistently be contending. With

Paul George broke the hearts of Indiana basketball fans by being honest Sunday: I’m not going to re-up with the Pacers.

Better now than just leaving them at the altar next June, right?

The good news is, the Pacers can still trade George for something, and build around Myles Turner. Bob Kravitz wasn’t being honest with himself when he wrote the Pacers won’t get free agents next month because of George’s comments … newsflash, they weren’t getting any regardless.

Fear not, Pacers fans. The rebuild isn’t going to be that difficult.

There aren’t any onerous contracts on the books.* GOOD NEWS! The player with the longest deal? Their 2nd best player, Myles Turner. It’s his rookie contract. For all the Larry Bird bashing, he played this well: Thaddeus Young, Monta Ellis and Al Jefferson have options after next season (Young and Ellis could opt-out to hit free agency; the team would not bring back Jefferson at $10 million in 2018-2019.
You’ve got a potential star in Turner. Only 20, he had a strong sophomore year: 14.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, and he made 40 three-pointers, which is something to build on. Kevin Love, in his 2nd year at the age of 21, made 35 three-pointers. They’re different players at this age, but it’s tough not to love Turner.
I believe the best the Pacers can do for Paul George in a trade is D’Angelo Russell from the Lakers. I’d rather have a young point guard with upside than Kevin Love or whatever else is out there. Maybe the Celtics swoop in with some role players and draft picks, but Russell has star potential.
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Source:: The Big Lead

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