As a resident of Indiana, I have spent weeks listening to the incessant rumors surrounding a Paul George trade after he informed management that the 2017-2018 NBA season would be his last in an Indiana Pacers’ uniform.  The President of Basketball Operations for the team called it a “gut punch,” but the reality is that the writing was on the wall even before last season’s trade deadline. Yet, the team chose to roll the dice and ultimately ended up succumbing to a panic move last week.

Now, regardless of whether you love or hate the NBA, the conundrum for the small market Pacers, who must strike a delicate balance between extending the competitive window and competing now, should not be lost on you as a Pittsburgh Pirate fan. After all, the Pirates remain in striking distance of the divi...

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