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Indiana Pacers Reportedly Almost Sent George to Other Team

During the 2017 NBA of season one of the most highly anticipated moves was the expected trade of forward Paul George. Paul George previously played for the Indiana Pacers, the team that drafted him about six years ago. While the Pacers and Georgia had some success together, the team was never able to put enough pieces around him to contend for a title.

Due to the fact that the Pacers still not able to build a team around him and the fact that it look like they would spend the next few years rebuilding, Paul George ended up asking for team or a trade. The Pacers ultimately decided that this would be the best move as they would get some player in return as opposed to losing him to free agency in the future. In the end, the Pacers traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With his new team, George should be able to immediately stepped onto a team that could content for the spot in the championship series. While George has likely found a good spot, it now appears that he was close to being treated to an entirely different team (http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nba/pacers/2017/07/19/pacers-nearly-traded-paul-george-cleveland-cavaliers-says-wojnarowski/490554001/).

According to the report, the Indiana Pacers were very close to coming to a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This trade would have sent Paul George to Cleveland, which would have allowed him to be on the most dominant team in the Eastern conference. Ultimately, the trade with Cleveland fell apart. It was believed that Cleveland was looking to work a trade that would have allowed them to keep Kryie Irving and Kevin Love, but the Pacers wanted to be able to get at least one of the two players. Further, the Pacers were not as willing to help a team that was in their own division.

Pacers Play Cavs Tough to the End

The State of Indiana will always be considered the home of basketball. During the 2016-17 NBA season, the Indiana Pacers looked like they were taking a step in the right direction to continue that trends. While the team did take a step forward, there season came to a quick end during the first round of the playoffs (http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/basketball/professional/pacers/pacers-swept-from-playoffs/article_caa154a7-10f8-5034-a8f8-24df887d9063.html).

 

The Indiana Pacers were one of the hotter teams in the NBA during the last few weeks of the regular season. This late season push allowed them to jump into the playoffs and earn the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Unfortunately, this progress ended up getting them a date in the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers, who are the defending champions of the NBA, were the heavy favorites to win the series.

 

As expected, the Cavaliers won the series by winning four straight games against the Indiana Pacers. While the Cavs did win by a sweep, the series was far closer than others would have thought. The Pacers played very well in all four games and took each game to the very end and the largest loss was by only 6 points.

 

While the Pacers did not advance in the playoffs, they do look poised to make a big move in the coming years. The team will continue to be led by Paul George, who is one of the top scoring players in the league. While the team will need to draft well, they have a chance to improve even more next year.