The Indiana Pacers are not going to wait for Paul George to walk to the open free agent market before they decide to build a solid team around him. The Pacers are willing to give up a first-round pick in a trade in the next few weeks, ESPN reported.

The Pacers are trying to pander to George so he doesn’t leave them come the offseason in two years. Indiana giving up a pick would allow a team to get two cracks at picking a solid player in a deep draft class.

George has an opt out clause after the 2017-18 season. If he makes an All-NBA team this season, he would qualify as a “designated player” and be eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million contract. If he didn’t get a selection, he would be able to make $179 million over five years with the Pacers and $133 million over four years with any other team.

NBC Sports named Brook Lopez, Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams and P.J. Tucker as possible trade targets for the Pacers.


Posted by Ryan Gaydos

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