Pacers young gun, and recent playoffs revelation Paul George is today said to have agreed to a huge $90 million, 5 year contract extension with the Indiana Pacers ahead of the upcoming 2013/14 NBA season, sources reported early this afternoon, thus making him the team’s number one franchise player moving forward.
In just his third season, George was monstrous throughout last season’s playoffs (and in the absence of Danny Granger) averaging 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assist per game, guiding the Pacers all the way to a Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. He was also named the NBA’s most improved player of 2013, proving it with his thrilling post season performance.
This is the icing on the cake for a Pacers team that had an incredibly successful season, and solid off season signing and re-signing players to retain a core that they, and many others believe will content for a title in 2014. Star forward Danny Granger returns from injury, David West and Roy Hibbert re-signed with the team for a further three and four years respectively, and the signings of Luis Scola and Chris Copeland improve the team’s understrength bench dramatically. Will it be enough to dethrone the Heat? Hard to say, but there is little doubt that Indiana have built a solid core that will give it a damn good shake.
The deal is said to be in the final stages of negotiation, and is expected to be signed off on before the end of the week.