The Pacers looked like they were ready for the off season by the end of the 1st quarter in Game 6 against the Miami Heat, but it took three more quarters to make it official as Indiana was bounced in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year straight.
Now comes the fallout.
Do the Pacers want to keep Lance Stephenson? Depending on who you talk to or how you want to interpret it, the answer is… maybe?
“I mean, I don’t know,” Paul George said, “That’s for [Pacers president] Larry [Bird], [GM] Kevin [Pritchard], for them to decide.”
“It would be great, we came into this league together,” he said. “It would be great for us to continue our journey together. He’s played a huge year this whole season and in this postseason. He’s definitely put pressure on us to make decisions going forward with Lance.”
For a little perspective, Paul George isn’t the best at interviews and rarely gives a direct and concise answer to any question. He didn’t give Lance a ringing endorsement either, but I wouldn’t go this route. It isn’t clear exactly what the locker room wants, but I’m sure rumors and gossip will emerge soon enough and begin to paint a picture.
Rumors are already beginning to swirl that Roy Hibbert is considering asking for a trade. There is still 2 years and plenty of money left on his contract.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) June 2, 2014