Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – The Indiana Pacers have locked up third-year star forward Paul George to a maximum contract extension of five years.
The extension will begin with the 2014-15 season and last through the 2018-19 season.
George can get more than $90 million due to a stipulation giving him up to 30 percent of the franchise’s payroll total if he makes it to at least a third-team All-NBA selection next season.
If he doesn’t make it as an all-league selection, MVP or All-Star starter he’ll still make nearly $82 million over the five-year deal.
Signing George to a long-term extension was a priority before training camp for the Pacers.
George won the 2012-13 Most Improved Player Award and was named to the league’s all-defensive team.
He earned his first All-Star berth and vastly improving his numbers over the last season to 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. With George leading the charge, the Pacers pushed eventual NBA champion Miami Heat to the seventh deciding game of the Eastern Conference finals.