Tyrese Haliburton’s Honest Take on Losing Buddy Hield

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Tyrese Haliburton will no longer be teammates with Buddy Hield for the first time in his NBA career, but big things could be on the horizon for the Pacers.

Hield and Haliburton have been teammates since the latter was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 2020 draft.

The sharpshooter was dealt to the 76ers in exchange for Marcus Morris, Furkan Korkmaz and three second-round picks and Haliburton says it will take some time to adjust playing without him.

“It’s just weird,” Haliburton told Pacers beat writer Tony East. “I don’t think I’ve ever suited up for an NBA game without Buddy {second time playing without Hield}…It was definitely weird. It’s going to be weird moving forward a little bit. But that’s part of the ebbs and flows of the NBA. Excited for him to have the opportunity. Yeah, I’m going to miss him, but I’m sure we’ll go to the Bahamas together after the season. We’ll still talk every day.”

Things could get very interesting in Indiana soon, since Yahoo Sports‘ Jake Fischer is reporting that Paul George may have some interest in returning to where it all began for him.

“As the weeks have passed since Kawhi Leonard’s extension in Los Angeles, where the Clippers’ All-Star told reporters he was of the mind Paul George’s next deal was coming next — before Harden’s this offseason — there have been growing whispers not only of Philadelphia’s eye toward George, but also George’s own intrigue by returning to Indiana and becoming the latest running mate for Tyrese Haliburton alongside Siakam,” Fischer wrote. 

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Haliburton could create the perfect duo with nine-time All-Star George, who could bring some skilled veteran presence to the team.

Having a mentor like George would help Haliburton’s tremendously. The rising star is already enjoying a breakout season with a Pacers team who are 29-24 on the season.

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