Indiana Pacers Give Paul George Max Contract
The most improved player of the year – Paul George – made the national spotlight last year, when he took LeBron James and the Miami Heat to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite being without their leader Danny Granger, George took the leadership position by the horns and did an even better job than Granger.
And according to Yahoo! Sports:
“All-Star forward Paul George and the Indiana Pacers are finalizing a five-year, $90 million-plus maximum contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A deal is expected to be signed this week, league sources told Yahoo. For the Pacers and George, who was voted the 2013 NBA Most Improved Player, the five-year deal will cement the gifted young forward as Indiana’s designated franchise player.”
George was also on the All-NBA third team last season. So, the sky is the limit for a young player like George. The bigger adjustment he will have to make this season is whether or not his numbers last year were over inflated due to the injury of Granger. If George can duplicate his numbers from last year, become the face of the franchise, and lead the Pacers back to the Eastern Conference Finals, than his contract will have been worth it. If not, the 23-year-old may not be able to justify his contract for another few years.