While nobody (outside of another franchise talent) can replace Paul George’s production on the court, it seems as if Solomon Hill will be tasked with replacing him in the starting lineup.
While Evan Turner would have been the logical suggestion to replace George after the forward suffered a devastating knee injury on Friday night, the Indiana Pacers decided they would move on from the former No. 2 overall pick after he never really fit with the franchise.
That has left the Indiana Pacers with somewhat limited options, though NBA.com’s David Aldridge believes that it will be Solomon Hill who’ll stand to get the biggest increase in playing time with Paul George likely out for the season.
The Pacers had high hopes that second-year swingman Solomon Hill could contribute some next season. He’ll get his chance now, under horrible circumstances.
The Indiana Pacers don’t have really any wiggle room from a financial standpoint and even if they did, there aren’t any difference makers in free agency sans the restricted Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe – neither of whom could fill George’s position.
Indiana is likely to receive an injury exception for George so that will allow the Pacers to make a move if they so incline, though it will be for only a portion of George’s salary and it’s unknown if a difference maker can be found for $5.3 million dollars.
Given that, it seems as if Solomon Hill will be thrown into the fire.
The Pacers had hoped to bring him along slowly, but he’ll have to learn on the fly moving forward.