Paul George Claims Pacers Refused to Sign the 'Best Power Forward' in the NBA

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 13: Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics TD Garden on February 13, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Paul George is still upset about the way his tenure with the Indiana Pacers came to an end. 😭

At the end of his career in Indiana, many hoops fans felt that George and the Pacers never lived up to their full potential, only winning a playoff series in three out of the seven seasons that he played there.

Thinking back on what triggered him to leave Indy in 2017, the self-proclaimed "Playoff P" told the Knuckleheads podcast that when they had the chance to sign the "best power forward" in the league, the team refused, claiming they were a "small market" franchise with not enough money.

"I had, at the time, the best power forward saying he wanted to come to Indy and team up with me," he said. "They like, 'We're a small market. We can't do it. We can't afford that.'"

Instead, management offered to pursue a "top 25" power forward, but this player was recovering from an injury, so George "didn't feel comfortable about that."

Shortly after, George's frustration with the Pacers' reluctance to strengthen his supporting cast led him to hit his agent with a blunt request: "Man, get me up outta here."

Though George didn't reveal the big name to keep their "business private," a few Twitter commenters speculated that he was likely talking about Blake Griffin, who was a free agent in 2017.

Over the past few years, George, who was averaging 21 points for the Clippers before the season was paused, has developed a bit of a reputation for struggling to get over his unglamorous exit from the Pacers.

Following a game in Indiana in December in which he was booed, PG13 reportedly said to an ESPN reporter that "someday" he would "do a tell-all" about why he left the team. It looks like we have a significant part of that story now.

Some NBA fans reacted by dragging George for his apparent saltiness.