While working on the "Paul George is not going to the Cavs" section from yesterday, I had another thought that had not occurred to me yet that I thought I'd save for today. I haven't seen it discussed anywhere else but at least for the Pacers fan in me, I think it makes sense.
Why doesn't Gordon Hayward just come to Indiana this offseason?
I'll preface all this by saying I'd predict Hayward just stays in Utah and resigns there, but if he is going to leave the Jazz then Indiana seems like a logical place to me. I've read Hayward could go to Boston or Miami, and then you could throw five to six other teams in there as possible options as well. I'm throwing Indiana in that mix as well. Here's my thoughts:
Instead of worrying about Paul George leaving, work on getting another piece with Paul George. A move to Indiana also does two things for Hayward. One, it gets him out of the Western Conference where working your way through the playoffs and Golden State could be a huge obstacle. And two, it brings the Indianapolis kid home. I don't put a lot of stock into someone coming back just because its their hometown but it does have to play some role. Hayward was born in Indianapolis and played college ball in Indiana at Butler.
I'm not sure salary cap wise and with contracts how it would work but in the "Super-Team Era" of the NBA I'd have to imagine Indiana could find a way to get both George and Hayward their max contracts. That's a pretty good two-star lineup to build the rest of the team around. Find a point guard to run the offense and a could bigs to do the work inside and the Pacers have a team instantly ready to challenge Cleveland in the East.
In this scenario, George doesn't have to wait through another Pacers rebuild season and wouldn't have to go to the Laker and wait for them to rebuild as well. He can be a threat to make the Finals right away and get back to being in the discussion as one of the best players in the league. He's taken a backseat in the media and public perception since his injury and the past couple Pacers down seasons. But don't lose sight of the fact that he is an elite player. Elite. One of the few players in the league that could hold his own against LeBron. Bringing in Hayward could be just what PG13 needs to get back to All-NBA status.
Word on the street (Twitter) is that the NCAA will release their infractions report on the University of Louisville sometime today. Kind of looking forward to this one. Will be interesting to see what is actually in the report. Seems like a lot of shady stuff goes on at the University of Louisville, especially under the Pitino regime. Something to keep an eye out for today.
Something bugging me about SmackDown Live recently. They've had a tendency to just not have some of their wrestlers on TV, and with no explanation at least to my knowledge. Maybe I'm not following the news on the internet closely enough but guys are could be contributing the show are not even on TV.
Where's American Alpha? They were a huge pick up on the draft lottery and should have been a primary focal point for SmackDown Live. It seemed like at first WWE didn't have much to do with them until The Usos arrived. Now after losing that feud with The Usos, they are just gone. I know Gable was hurt earlier in the year so maybe he's injured and I don't know about it but they seem like a great addition to put with what looks like a solid tag team division now with The Usos, New Day, Breezango, and others.
Where is Tye Dillinger? The fans seem to love him, he made his debut, and now nothing. I do think he needs some more work in the ring before he becomes a huge deal, but you could say that for many guys on the roster. He debuts, gets a reaction, and then is gone. This is one I really don't understand. You gotta find something for him to do for as over as he is.
Where was Mojo Rawley? He wins the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania and then he's just gone for a couple months. Looks like he's back now to either continue his tag team with Zack Ryder or to start a program with Ryder but Mojo was off TV for months. Just weird.
Luke Harper? He's done nothing of note since the brand split and seems like he's too talented to do nothing. We can't find any TV time for him ever?
I'm not saying these guys have to be on TV every week but you have to get them in front of the camera and live crowds so people can buy into them. Even if it's just every other week. Or even just a backstage promo or skit once a week. There needs to be something to continually connect them to the audience. That's why NXT works so well in my mind, you don't see every wrestler every week but they are promoted and shown at least every other week in some capacity. That way they are still in your mind but you don't overexpose them either. If NXT can do that with 1 hour a week, SmackDown should be able to do that with 2 hours a week.