Pacers news: Herb Simon won’t sue the Lakers or NBA after investigation
Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon released a statement on Wednesday claiming he does not plan to sue either the Los Angeles Lakers or the NBA, as longtime reporter Peter Vecsey formerly reported on Sunday.
Vecsey reported that Simon was unhappy with the findings from the investigation and the penalty of $500,000 consequently assessed to the organization and may sue the former along with the league for damages.
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Simon here refutes all the above, claiming that the return package of Indiana’s own Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis is enough in exchange for their former star forward Paul George, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Most experts feel the Pacers gave away George due to the predicament they were in, ultimately settling for that package as the time crunch became a lot to handle with the NBA Draft nearing.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka had prior conversation with George’s agent Aaron Mintz, hinting at a future with the team — enough to make the league clamp down with the biggest anti-tampering violation fine in NBA history.
Whether the fine is hefty enough to Simon’s liking is inconsequential, as the Pacers have no option but to move forward with the pieces at hand and likely endure at least one season of missing the playoffs after two of their best players chose to end up elsewhere.