Paul George is changing his number, from 24 to 13. This is presumably because he likes the nickname PG-13, although he has taken to calling himself Young Trece on social media of late, so perhaps he is hoping that one is what actually sticks.
Now that Deuce Four is defunct, PG opted to buy out all the remaining stock of his old jerseys and related apparel from Adidas and donate them to his former high school in Palmdale, California.
Sometimes when a player decides to change his number, he is actually required buy the NBA to buy the old merchandise, per ESPN’s Darren Rovell. In PG’s case, however, he applied for the change for the deadline, so this wasn’t a requirement and instead something he chose to do for the benefit of the kids.
Because George applied for the change before the March deadline, he doesn’t have to pay for the remaining old No. 24s on the market. Sources, however, said he still elected to do so.
Per league rules, a player who changes jersey numbers on the same team must buy up all of the old jerseys on the market.
So it looks like this is just a nice gesture from
Deuce Four Young Trece.
It might take us awhile to get accustomed to the change.
The kids all sure seem happy to get a Paul George jersey though. PG has been retweeting photos of various high schoolers rocking his old number, and kids love free stuff — free stuff from their heroes even more — so they are indeed excited.