New rumors are suggesting that the Indiana Pacers might move small forward Paul George to Orlando Magic through a potential trade. Although this is not yet confirmed, it could still be a good decision for both teams.
Despite being part of a team that lost during the first round of the playoffs, George is still regarded as one of the best players in the league. Throughout the series, he led the team in points. This started in Game 1 when George made 33 points that helped secure a 100-90 win for the Pacers against the Toronto Raptors.
Although George was able to continue his scoring streak in the series, it was still not yet enough to carry the team since the Raptors emerged as the victor with a 4-3 lead.
Of course, given his performance, it might be a bad move for the Pacers to trade him away. But then again, given his caliber, the Indiana team could also end up getting two quality players in exchange for George. And, if a deal with Orlando progresses, the Pacers could get Aaron Gordon or Nikola Vucevic, Inquisitr reported.
Another factor that could influence the trade is coach Frank Vogel's departure. Last month, the Pacers announced that it had decided not to renew Vogel's contract with the team. Almost immediately after he was released, Vogel found a new home in Orlando.
With Vogel at the helm, the Magic could pursue George to get these two reunited on the court. Since these two are already comfortable with each other, they will not have a hard time taking on plays for the team.
But then again, these are just based on rumors which mean Pacers owner Larry Bird could still decide to retain George.
As for the athlete, he was recently named as a member of the 2015-2016 NBA All-Defensive Team, according to NBA.com. He was placed on the second team along with Paul Millsap, Hassan Whiteside, Tony Allen and Jimmy Butler. The first team, on the other hand, consists of Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Avery Bradley and Chris Paul. These players were picked by sportswriters and broadcasters from Canada and the U.S.