Paul George expressed his intention to lead the Indiana Pacers to their first-ever NBA championship. However, George isn’t guaranteeing the Pacers that he will sign a massive contract extension this summer. The 26-year-old small forward said that he wants to play on a “winning team”.
“As I told Larry, I always want to play on a winning team. I always want to be part of a team that has a chance to win it [all]. That’s important. Say what you want; I want to compete for something. It’s frustrating just playing the game for stats or for numbers or to showcase yourself. Man, I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship,” George said.
The Pacers aren’t considered as a strong title contender this season despite adding Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young last summer. In their previous games, they failed to become consistent that resulted in a six-game losing streak. Still, the Pacers entered the All-Star break in the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference.
Paul George can opt out of his contract at the end of the 2017-18 season. Like other superstars, George is expected to receive a lucrative contract extension from the Indiana Pacers. According to ESPN, Pacers president Larry Bird is poised to offer him an estimated $219 million in July.
Bird still sees Paul George as the player to build around. Bird already had a conversation with George about a possible contract extension in the past but revealed that they’re not forcing him to make an early decision. George’s recent statement about not accepting a contract extension should leave a strong message for the Pacers.
As what most people think, the Pacers aren’t in a position to defeat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a seven-game series. As of now, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards emerged as the top favorite to challenge the reigning NBA champions in the East. The recent acquisition of Serge Ibaka also strengthens the Toronto Raptors’ chance in contending for the title this season.
Paul George urges the Indiana Pacers to trade before Feb. 23 deadline
Based on his statement, Paul George isn’t convinced that the Pacers can “win it all” this season. Like what LeBron James did, George could be pushing the Pacers’ front office to improve their roster. Chris Haynes of ESPN reported the Pacers are currently active on the trade market and made their 2017 first-round pick available in a deal.
Despite not guaranteeing to re-sign with the Pacers, George wants to be the first player to bring an NBA championship title in Indiana. However, the Pacers should do their best to surround George with quality players in order to achieve their common goal.
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