May 18, 2017 may have been a pivotal day for the Paul George era with the Indiana Pacers. The All-Star forward fell short of reaching All-NBA status and, as a result, George is not currently eligible for the designated player exception. That, in turn, means that the Pacers cannot offer him an extra $30 million or so in salary and that places the focus back on potential trade winds over the next few weeks.
In addition, George appeared to make something of an error in accidentally tweeting about a potential deal involving the Boston Celtics and the No. 1 overall pick. That didn’t exactly take the focus of the rumor mill and, later in the evening, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard did his better in stoking the flames.