Paul George frustrated Pacers didn’t discuss trade rumors with him before deadline

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 13:  Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 13, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.    NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Paul George was the subject of many trade rumors before Thursday's deadline, but he found himself just as in the dark about his own future as the people reading the rumors on the internet.

“I kind of was on the ropes just like you guys on what was about to happen,” George told the media on Thursday after the 3 p.m. deadline had passed. “It was kind of a dark moment of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, I thought I'd be in the loop a little more than that.”

The Pacers were reportedly talking to the Celtics and Nuggets about negotiating a trade for George, but ultimately decided not to let him go.

George will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018, and could be eligible for a maximum designated player extension with Indiana. The Vertical and USA Today both reported George is considering signing with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers if no improvement is shown by the Pacers, who have a 29–28 record and are sixth in the Eastern Conference. 


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