Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports are reporting that the Indiana Pacers are in the final steps of completing a contract that would provide Paul George with a Maximum $90 million dollar extension over 5 years.
Here is what they had to say about George’s expected contributions to the Pacers going forward.
The extending of George’s deal solidifies a Pacers core that could contend for an NBA title this season and beyond. After pushing the Heat to seven games a season ago, Indiana will return forward Danny Granger from a knee injury, and added a key reserve in a trade, forward Luis Scola, to strengthen what had been a weak bench. Indiana also signed free-agent forward Chris Copeland of the New York Knicks.
I like this move for the Pacers. Indiana is proving to the NBA world that you don’t have to have a superstar to compete for a championship. If they had been able to stay healthy last year, they may have been able to beat Lebron James and the Miami Heat. As it is now, they will look to this upcoming year with a solid nucleus of young players that will keep the Pacers contending for a long time to come.