HoopsHype Paul George rumors
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
Despite Paul George's absence, the Indiana Pacers will surely sell some of his jerseys this upcoming season, but they will bear a different number. Before the deadline in the first week of March, George applied for and was granted the right to switch from No. 24 to No. 13, sources told ESPN.com. Per league rules for a player who changes jersey numbers on the same team, George will have to buy up all remaining No. 24s from the marketplace. ESPN.com
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Team USA will keep Paul George on the roster for the 2016 Olympics and is looking into options for a salute when the World Cup begins in later this month, even if it means pushing for a change in international rules, the managing director of USA Basketball said. NBA.com
The Indiana Pacers are expected to apply to the NBA for a disabled player exception in the wake of forward Paul George's gruesome broken leg, according to a league source. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Pacers can apply for the exception between now and next January 15. The NBA would then designate a physician who would examine George. If the physician determines George, as everyone currently believes, will not be able to play at any time in the 2014-15 season, the league would grant the exception to the Pacers. NBA.com
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