Larry Bird delivers Pacers' 2021 All-Star bid in an Indy car

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Led by the best player on the planet, LeBron James, the Cavaliers took care of business in the first-round, sweeping the Pacers.

"It's real frustrating to continue on losing to the same team or the same person", George said.

Many expected the Pacers to be one of the top four teams in the East after making so many moves last season.

For that reason, if the Pacers look to trade George, the Sixers could be an option.

Many in the sellout crowd of 20,251 rose to their feet and chanted "Raps in six" in the final minute of the game.

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Adding George to the mix could allow their team to rival a team like Harden's Rockets while the Warriors have to worry about re-signing a few of their core players in 2018. Despite all of the interest from other teams, Bird has made it clear that he would rather sign George to a long-term extension than trade him.

IN hasn't hosted the NBA All-Star Game since 1985 but has plenty of experience staging big events, including the Super Bowl and seven NCAA men's Final Fours, along with the annual Indianapolis 500.

"End of the day, it falls on me". "If we want to win, [Cleveland is] a team that we have to work toward stacking up against".

Heading into the summer, depending on the contracts the Pacers decide to guarantee, IN will have roughly $13 million IN cap space before deciding what to do with Miles' and Teague's cap holds.

Bird attended Indiana State before becoming a 12-time All-Star for the Boston Celtics from 1979 to 1992.

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Point guard Jeff Teague is a pending free agent. If and when George does get moved, the headlines will nearly certainly be centered on the big market team to which he moves, especially if it's the Lakers. The Pacers had a chance to go out there and earn the respect of their fans by playing their hearts out and the team failed.

If George does not receive All-NBA honors for his 2016-17 campaign, it goes without saying that the odds of him remaining in IN are slim-to-none. Keeping that pick will either give the Lakers another young, talented player to develop, or it can be used as a trade piece for George or Butler.

"I'm one of the guys that agreed on it", George said afterwards.

Paul George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his seventh season for the Indiana Pacers.

George's competition is stiff: LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, and Gordon Hayward.

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Larry Bird is certainly an National Basketball Association hero in Boston, where he helped the Celtics win three championships in the 1980s.