Today, Larry Bird went on air with 1070 the Fan, Indianapolis to talk about the current state of the Pacers.
1. The Pacers have been in contact with up and coming star, Paul George, about a contract extension. Bird reassured fans on 1070 the Fan, Indianapolis that the Pacers are trying to sign Paul George. According to NBC Sports, the Pacers are willing to make a major offer to keep George in a Pacer uniform for the foreseeable future. Bird credited George not only for his play on the court, but for his character off the court stating, "he is one of the nicest young men you'll ever meet, and he's a good player." According to NBC Sports, the Pacers can sign George for up to a five year extension on a max contract before October 31st. Since George will likely repeat as an all-star or could possibly, once again, be voted to an all-nba team, he could be eligible for an even more lucrative extension.
2. The Pacers will match any team's offer sheet in order to retain George next summer. Big surprise here, right? You mean the Pacers are not going to watch their drafted, all-star with superstar potential walk in restricted free agency? According to Bird, if George does test the market in free agency next summer they will match the offer sheet. Although this assertion is somewhat obvious, it is reassuring for Pacers fans to hear Bird confirm it on air and here George state himself that he wants to remain in Indy and compete at a high level while on ESPN's The Herd earlier this week.
3. The Pacers would like to make "one more move" to tweak their roster. According to Pacers' reporter, Scott Agness, Bird revealed on air that the Pacers are still looking to improve next year's roster. However, since the Pacers are so near to the luxury tax line ($71 million) with their approximately $69 million in committed salaries for next season, the move will likely have to be made via trade (rather than an additional free agent signing). Bird admitted that the team has been in trade talks with some teams this summer.
For more information on Larry Bird's interview, listen to 1070 the Fan, Indianapolis or follow Scott Agness on twitter. Are you reassured that Paul George will be staying in Indy? What "one more move" would you like to see the Pacers make?