The Indiana Pacers have developed into a legitimate contender in an NBA landscape dominated by the LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Taking the two-time defending champions to the brink in the 2012 playoffs, the emergence of forward Paul George as a star was a huge factor in the success the Pacers were able to find a year ago.
Now with a new season right around the corner, it appears as if Paul George and the Pacers will be together for the foreseeable future after the forward agreed to a lucrative new contract extension.
The contract is a max deal that will run for five years, through the 2018-2019 season. The maximum deal guarantees George of $80 million dollars and could be worth as much as $90 million should he reach incentives such as All-Star game appearances or MVP awards.
These incentives do not appear as if they will be a problem for George, who was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2012. Last year the Pacer forward made his first All-Star game appearance in a season during which he averaged 17.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game.
Next season they will be looking to unseat the Heat, who defeated them in the Eastern Conference Finals in game 7. With Roy Hibbert and David West already under contract, the Pacers will be in good position to make a run at an NBA Finals title when the season tips off.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express