HoopsHype Paul George rumors
Thorn says clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana's Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game. "The conversations about this topic preceded Paul's injury by several years," Thorn said. "As a matter of fact, at our league meetings in July we informed our teams this was the direction we were going. But of course when an injury occurs like the one to Paul, it reaffirms the changes we have made and the need to continue to evaluate our policies." USA Today Sports
Hill still hasn’t watched video of George’s horrific injury, which moved the Pacers from an Eastern Conference contender to a fringe playoff team. “I don’t want to see it,” he said with a squeamish face. “I don’t want to see a picture of it, I don’t look it up. I just hate it, not just because he’s a teammate and a little brother to me, but if it happened to anybody. I just hate when people get hurt like that.” Vigilant Sports
Paul George is switching his jersey number from 24 to 13, and according to league rules, a player who changes jersey numbers on the same team has to buy the remaining merchandise from the marketplace. Well, the Pacers forward did just that and made a nice gesture by giving it all to his former high school. beyondthebuzzer.com
The Indiana Pacers received word Tuesday afternoon that they have been granted the disabled player exception by the NBA, a team spokesman said. The exception, applied for after Paul George’s leg injury suffered during a USA Basketball scrimmage, allows the team to sign another player in his absence. The Pacers can spend up to $5.3 million on a free agent, or $5.4 million on a player acquired in a trade who is on the last year of his deal. However, they really only have about $1.7 million to offer because they will not go into the luxury tax. Vigilant Sports
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