Paul George gets MAX ... is he the next Rudy?
I don't know about this ... George is good.. but giving a MAX contract to a 23 year old ...
The Indiana Pacers have signed young star forward Paul George to a five-year maximum contract extension through the 2018-19 season, sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
The Pacers are expected to announce the deal Wednesday.
Contract terms will not be finalized until the extension kicks in next year, but George is expected to be guaranteed about $80 million. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, George can increase the value of the contract to more than $90 million if he makes an All-NBA team or wins an MVP award after this upcoming season.
Locking up George to a long-term extension was a priority before training camp for the Pacers. He won the 2012-13 Most Improved Player Award (after earning his first All-Star berth), averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He was also named to the league's all-defensive team.
George is the second player from the 2010 draft class to sign a maximum extension, joining the Washington Wizards' John Wall.
And this contract is actually worth $7M more than Rudy's was.
What do you guys think? Is Paul George worth $18M a year?