Paul George is coming off a season wherein he tallied career numbers across the board and won an Olympic Gold Medal with the United States Men’s National Basketball Team. According to the latest NBA rumors, Indiana Pacers president, Larry Bird, wants to reward George with a new contract.
In an interview with Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star, Bird revealed that they are willing to offer PG13 a max contract. He added that he wants to get it done before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season but it will only happen if George wants it.
“I know he don’t want to talk about it all year and I don’t either. We want Paul here and we know what it’s going to cost and what it’s going to take. If Paul wants to get a deal done, we will. It’s a max deal. There’s no others, so there’s no use talking about it. If he wants it, he’s got it,” Bird said.
According to Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors, the Pacers can offer Paul George a new max contract even though he still has three years left on his five-year, $90 million deal signed in 2013. It is noted that he is eligible to sign a new contract this coming Sunday, September 25.
Indiana can increase the salary of George up to the maximum in the next three years while adding another max year. It will be very similar to what the Houston Rockets gave to James Harden this offseason.
However, it would prevent the 26-year-old three-time All-Star from becoming a free agent in the summer of 2018. Nevertheless, the Pacers are more than willing to give him the contract as long as he wants it.
Paul George is considered one of the best players in the NBA today and he is the face of the Pacers franchise. Expect Larry Bird to keep him in Indiana as they try to win their first-ever NBA championship.
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