Why the Pacers Can’t Sign Eric Bledsoe to a Lucrative Deal
Shortly after news broke that Paul George had sustained a severe leg injury during the USA Basketball Showcase, many desperate Pacers fans headed to twitter to suggest the possibility of using the injury exception to sign restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe – a move that has little to no chance of happening.
— ↙®Dequentis™ (@DQ_Monkeytail) August 2, 2014
If I’m the pacers, I’m calling Eric Bledsoe’s agent as soon as possible
— E.J. Dziedzina III (@EJDThree) August 2, 2014
The pacers may have just entered the market for Eric Bledsoe
— Ryan Dibilio (@rCthebigD) August 2, 2014
I’m sorry to ruin your hopes of a successful season Pacers fans, but numbers never lie.
According to HoopsHype, Indiana has about $69 million tied to its roster, which is roughly $9 million under the luxury tax threshold.
Even if they opted to push near the luxury tax (which is highly unlikely since Indiana is a small market team) and use George’s injury exception to go after Bledsoe, they’d still fall short of the Suns proposed four-year $48 million deal, which is far below what he wants from any team.
Indiana also could only propose a 1 year deal to the Suns point guard with its current roster, since Paul George will return the following season and create a salary cap fiasco that only the Brooklyn Nets can relate to.
Again I’m sorry residents of Indiana, but this upcoming season will just be a tough one to watch. Hopefully George can return to full strength next year and bring you guys back to an elite level once again.
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