The Jay Graves Report

Why the Pacers are darn near stuck with Paul George and they know it! “Poker Face”

"Let me try to poker face these boyz and see if that works." Photo: Scott Agness Vigilant Sports

On Thursday night life went on as usual. Boyz showed up in New York City for the NBA draft with their custom made suits with pictures on the inside of the joints. LaVar Ball did his usual outrageous talkin’ as he had the Big Baller Brand on full display while he and son Lonzo rocked the branded ties. The Pacers drafted their two players with the 18th and 47th pick. Under normal circumstances it was simply draft night in the NBA.

They added two cats from UCLA, TJ Leaf, a stretch forward that can shoot the rock and Ike Anigbogu, a 6’10” center that they needed like a hole in the head right now. The dun barely even played at UCLA this year due to injuries! But I guess anybody that’s young and willin’ to play for the Pacers will do at this point. Why? Because nobody in Indianapolis cared about who they were draftin’! Boyz just wanted to see where they were goin’ to unload Paul George.

But like I’ve been tellin’ you boyz all week,  NOBODY was goin’ to be crazy enough to trade anything for him because the dun won’t sign an extension. Kevin Pritchard met with the media after the Pacers made their final pick and came in with the smooth operator voice tryin’ to tell us what he was thinkin’ as to why they couldn’t unload ole boy.

“We want to do something that’s right for our organization. We looked at a lot of things, but at the end of the day, we decided to stay put. We’re not going to make a bad deal. We’re going to do something we feel comfortable with… Everybody thought today was a trigger date because draft picks were involved but it doesn’t mean you can’t do things with future draft picks, players today, young players, older established players. We’re keeping everything on the board.’’

Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! As he was talkin’ he suddenly turned into Charlie Brown’s teacher. Wa, Wa, Wa, Wa, brain fart, actual fart and fellas I think I need to use the restroom! Bruh…all of that means that we tried to move that dun but nobody was crazy enough to give up pieces or draft picks for a one year rental. The Lakers would be crazy to give anything up because ole boy said that he was comin’ next summer. Why should they give up anything when they would still suck next year and Golden State is still playin’ basketball. There’s no rush to get Paul George to LA right now.

We heard from the Vertical as soon as the drafted started that the Pacers and Celtics were in serious discussions in a Paul George deal and boyz went nuts. I said that either Boston is smokin’ on hay in the middle of the barn with Crucial Conflict or Kevin Pritchard can sell ice and snow to an eskimo because none of that makes any sense. Why would Boston give up pieces or draft picks for a dun that will only be there for one year?

Boyz keep tryin’ not to deal with the inevitable! They’re either stuck with him or they’ll have to give him away for peanuts and who’s fault is that? The Pacers!!! Why? Because everybody and their baby’s momma’s momma, Ms. Jackson, knew that Paul George wasn’t stayin’ past 2018 when he refused to sign the extension durin’ the All-Star break. Then the leakage fell out of the closet butt naked foamin’ at the mouth that he wanted to play for the Lakers.

So if I knew that and every cat in the barber shop knew that. Why didn’t the Pacers know that? Pritchard keeps actin’ like he was completely blind sided by this foolishness to keep from lookin’ bad. When asked how surprised he was he responded with this,

“How surprised was I? It was a gut punch, a total gut punch because we had talks this summer about players we’d like to add, the style we’d like to play. In my opinion, I was very inclusive with him. And the message during the summer, until Friday, was `Let’s build a winning team.’ So when that came in, it was a gut punch for us.”

Come on bruh! Gut punched? Really? If it was a gut punch that dun was runnin’ down the street full speed towards you with his fist balled up and you thought he was playin’.

He went on to say, “It’s a challenge, no doubt; it’s not ideal. For us, you go from a situation where you’re trying to build and you don’t feel like you’re that far away, to now having to adjust and look at every scenario…This couldn’t have come at a worse time for me. If we had known this a few months ago, we could have been more prepared. And then the way it got out, we struggled with that, too.’’

If we had known this a few months ago? Where’s has this cat been? When PG didn’t sign the extension and it leaked that he wanted to play for the Lakers in February was him tellin’ them that he wasn’t stayin’ a day longer than that contract’s expiration date. The problem was that Larry Bird sat the problem in the corner and acted like it was goin’ to just go away and it only got worse. That’s not Paul George’s fault nor is it the rest of the NBA problem to solve.

The Pacers are stuck with him and now they’ll be forced to take nothin’ for him and all of the hustlas out there know it. Free agency starts July 1st and if he’s still on the books by then you can hang it up. It’ll be a freakin’ garage sale in the dead of winter. Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Spit: verb – to say

2) Crucial Conflict: noun – rap group from Chicago in the mid ’90’s that had a hit song entitled Hay. Where the hook was “Smokin’ on hay in the middle of the barn.”

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!