The NBA trade deadline is on Thursday, 3 p.m. ET.
It's a tough position, but the Pacers need to do anything they can to keep George, because losing a superstar is the exact opposite of a successful strategy in the National Basketball Association. No one knows exactly what George is thinking or planning about his future, but Bird has to at least consider the possibility that George's mind and heart are made up, that he indeed will leave IN when he can opt out of his current contract.
"Magic came down and talked to the team", Lakers head coach Luke Walton said. The Lakers now have only a little over $82,000 in cap space, according to Spotrac, and George is scheduled to make $19.5 million next season and has a player option worth $20.7 million for the 2018-19 run.
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What he wants, above everything, from all the players is that we push a little more. He added that he was "really impressed" by the French side. "We think in attack".
In a league in which roster turnover is inevitable year after year, superstars and their critical supporting casts typically stay put with their respective clubs for lengthier periods of time.
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According to a person with knowledge of the meeting who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, that is the crossroads that Pacers president Larry Bird now faces. Aside from George's injury history, there is also the fact that he will become a free agent next year. The 6-9 forward is in agreement ahead of Thursday's 3:00 PM trade deadline.
Now in his eighth season in the league, George is averaging 22.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The Boston Celtics, with fellow 80s/90s star Danny Ainge at the front office helm, must ponder factors such as these as they decide the price worth paying. His next deal will certainly be a four-year maximum contract.