One superstar that we can stop wondering about where he'll end up in the summer of 2014 is Paul George. We had word that he would have a deal in place before the start of the season, and now the Indiana Pacers have signed him to a max contract extension.
Indy has locked up George for five years at 90 million dollars, which is a substantial pay raise as he is only making $3.2 million this season as part of his existing contract.
A deal is expected to be signed this week, league sources told Yahoo.
For the Pacers and George, who was voted the 2013 NBA Most Improved Player, the five-year deal will cement the gifted young forward as Indiana's designated franchise player. George's extension will begin with the 2014-15 season. He will make $3.2 million this season.
The Pacers will be hard pressed to get out of the top-heavy Eastern Conference, but they have now locked up their franchise swing plus David West, and Roy Hibbert so expect the Pacers to be contenders for the foreseeable future.
[UPDATE: The Deal Has Not Been Finalized]
Apparently the two sides are close on a number but are still negotiating the exact amount, and Pacers President Larry Bird says the deal is not finalized.
Larry Bird says Paul George’s deal isn’t done yet. On money: “The number has got to be the number we both like. That’s what it’s all about.”— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) September 23, 2013