Earlier in the summer, Paul George stated “it would be tough to say no to Kobe” if the Lakers came calling when he potentially entered the summer of 2014 as a restricted free agent. Not exactly what you would call an “eyebrow raiser,” however, it did pose a valid question: Will Paul George re-sign with the Pacers before he becomes a free agent, or will he take his talents elsewhere?
Many Chicago Bulls fans would love to hear about PG (Paul George) flirting with the idea of him becoming a Bull, but financially speaking, that would take a lot of maneuvering, releasing, a little luck, and even still, it just wouldn’t be enough to lure the 4th year player and first time All-Star to the windy city.
Nevertheless, It seems George has other plans in mind.
According to Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star, George is planning to sign with the Pacers before the season:
“(A long-term contract) is going to get done,” George told The Indianapolis Star. “There will be a deal signed and sealed on the table before the season. We’re (George and Pacers management) on the same page.” …
Pacers President Larry Bird said earlier this week he hopes to reach a deal before the season because it would remove a potential distraction and give George a sense of security that many players crave — including Bird himself during his Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics.
“We are working on it now,” Bird said. “We’ve got a way set up where we definitely think we can get something done, but it’s going to have to work for both parties.”
The Pacers are coming off one of their best seasons ever as the world saw them push the now repeat champion Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and PG was a huge part of that. He averaged 19.4 ppg, 6 rpg, and 5.1 apg during that series.
Indiana is on the rise this season, they’ll need their star shooting guard at the helm leading the troops. It would be wise for them to lock him up with a long term deal as soon as possible. He’s a terrific player with a huge upside. At 6’9, he’s a tough match up for opposing teams because of his length, athleticism, and speed.
By George staying, it shows that everything is not always about money, and it is possible to build a team via draft as oppose to buying a bunch of stars during free agency.
Good luck this season, Pacers. You guys will do great things.
Contributing Writer: Tee