The Indiana Pacers' search for a point guard continues.
Unable to trade their No. 10 pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, the Pacers went with the next best option: Paul George, a 6-9 sophomore wing player from Fresno State.
Multiple media outlets reported the Pacers offered Danny Granger to New Jersey for a package that included All-Star point guard Devin Harris.
Not so, said Pacers president Larry Bird.
"It's a rumor," Bird said. "His name comes up all the time. . . . It's going to take more than Devin Harris. Danny Granger is one of the top players in the league. To move Danny, you better get a lot back, especially throwing No. 10 in there."
In drafting George, the Pacers added a deep threat to their wing rotation.
"I've liked this kid for a month now," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "What I like about Paul is, I put a tremendous premium on the ability to create your own shot. He almost shot 40 percent from the 3-point line in college."
The Pacers selected Cincinnati shooting guard Lance Stephenson with the No. 40 pick and Florida State forward Ryan Reid with the No. 57 pick. They then shipped Reid and some cash to Oklahoma City for forward Magnum Rolle, the No. 51 pick.
George will make about $4 million with his two-year guaranteed contract. The Pacers have a team option on the third and fourth years.
O'Brien said he became a fan of George after watching him work out in Chicago.
"I was just observing the players and after I got done seeing him, I just went, 'Who is this kid Paul George?' Everybody said he can play and it was very apparent when I watched tape and we had him in here.
"He's a guy that is the type of athlete, with his size and scoring ability inside and out, which I think is very, very key in this league."
The Pacers spent months looking for a point guard, but they deemed the No. 10 pick too high to take Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe and Texas' Avery Bradley. Oklahoma City drafted Bledsoe with the 18th pick. Boston took Bradley at No. 19.
The Pacers also had talks with Oklahoma City and New Orleans. They will resume their quest to find a starting point guard once the free agency period begins July 1.
George, who entered the draft after just two years at Fresno State, said he was motivated during his draft workouts because he wasn't as well-known as some of the other lottery picks.
He averaged 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season with the Bulldogs of the Western Athletic Conference.
George has been working out in Los Angeles with Granger. They share the same agent.
"I think I can help with consistency," George said. "Being 6-9, I can do pretty much a lot of things on the court and I want to take this summer leading up to the NBA season to really work on my game to make sure I'm ready. I definitely don't want to come into a situation where a team that's on the verge of winning and be a slacker."
George and Stephenson will join Granger, Mike Dunleavy, Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush on the wing. He is added insurance in case the Pacers trade somebody at that position. Dunleavy is headed into the final year of his contract.
"You know how much I love the ability to play small and the more 3-point shooters I have available to me that are skilled and athletic, the more I can play the type of game to give us the best chance to win next year," O'Brien said about George.