Larry Bird delivers Pacers' All-Star bid via IndyCar

Larry Bird delivers Pacers' All-Star bid via IndyCar

No sooner than when George had toweled off and got dressed was he was hit with questions about his team and his future as a Pacer-a subject he wouldn't really address with any certainty or confidence.

"I'm proud and honored to make this special delivery on behalf of our owner, Herb Simon, the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and our other bid partners", said Bird. Paul's going to make the decision for Paul and the franchise will make the decision that they have to make.

George, who turns 27 in a week (May 2), averaged a career-high 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists this season, which wrapped up Sunday in a four-game sweep to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They're nearly always stopped by LeBron James and whatever team he is on in the playoffs, and it doesn't look like they will ever compete in this generation.

It's a dubious proposition at best. Would it be smart for the Lakers to go after Paul George this offseason? Yes. Not to team up with any of the super-charged behemoths out West but to join a team that could snatch the rug right from under the top dog. The Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Lakers all reportedly had talks with the Pacers about George. According to Bleacher Report's Rob Goldberg, there's mutual interest.

The Lakers, on the other hand, are a young team with no true superstar. Or he can trade the four-time All-Star for draft picks and young talents before he leaves for free. The more than two month gap between the end of the regular season and the awards could feel a bit awkward.

George was first eligible to sign an extension with the team last fall, but wisely held off.

IN may be forced to play the same game of dice next summer and hope George doesn't leave in unrestricted free agency a year from now. His shot, though, was nowhere close.

So far, George isn't saying anything about his thoughts.

The hotel space and walkability of downtown Indianapolis have made the city an attractive candidate for numerous events over the years, a factor that no doubt works in the city's favor in the bid process. They likely have an idea of where they want to be even if they aren't 100 percent sure that's where they want to be. IN has leaned on Larry Bird for the better part of two decades now, and he's done an admirable job both during his stint as head coach and while running basketball operations. If not, who do you think they should target to bring in to play alongside him?

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