NBA Draft: Pacers will give you the No. 10 pick for a point guard, but you'll want more

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Pacers_logo.gifIndiana wants to run. Indiana has nobody who can lead the break. Ergo, an ugly and unproductive season.

Larry Bird has been trying since the season ended to get an established point guard, via trade or free agency or alien abduction. Whatever it takes.

Since it is NBA Draft day, the Pacers are trying to turn the No. 10 pick into Darren Collison, or  Ty Lawson or Jonny Flynn or one of a number of other points. Bird admitted as much to the Indianapolis Star.

“There’s a lot of options out there,” Bird said Tuesday. “At this stage, you’re just talking to different teams. You make offers and people start thinking about them. There’s nothing concrete right now, but we do have a lot of offers out there and different scenarios.

“I want to win; our team wants to win. If the right deal comes up, we would probably move forward. You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s time to win here.”

There was a time when it wasn’t a time to win?

Aside the odd quote, Bird can get a point guard but he’s going to have to give up something of value. Like Brandon Rush. But you can’t get something for nothing, and while the No. 10 pick isn’t nothing it’s not all that, either.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.

Is DeMarcus Cousins MVP worthy? “It’s mine to grab”

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Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.

This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?

He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.

The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.

“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”

As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.

“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”

Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.

I think Cousins can help provide that.

I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.