On Sunday, Paul George and the Indiana Pacers agreed to a five year $90 million contract extension according to Yahoo Sports via league sources. This is a huge move for both the Pacers and George. Last week, Paul George said that he should have a deal signed before the start of training camp. As CBS Sports noted, George is true to his word.
With the news of the large contract extension, it will be easy for Paul George to concentrate on playing basketball. As the most improved player last season, George became famous for his lock down defense. However, his star rose to a new level during the postseason.
The Indiana Pacers are set for the next three years in the front court with David West and Roy Hibbert locked up. They are a long, formidable and tough defenders. What makes the front court so deep is that each player has a proficient offensive game.
Even with all that talent, don’t forget about the return of Danny Granger into the fold. Indiana almost has an embarrassment of riches at their disposal. During free agency, the Pacers also signed Chris Copeland.
While this is great news for Indiana, the Los Angeles Lakers pipe dream of signing Paul George did not come through fruition.
This is great news for the NBA too. Imagine a young star staying with the team that drafted him.
Paul George averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists last season. He may be a double-double waiting to happen.