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Paul George, Pacers Talk Contract Extension
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 27, 2013 @ 5:23 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Amidst all the chatter about Pacers’ emerging star Paul George, some fail to consider that the Pacers hold the power to keep him with the Blue and Gold. Not just because the situation seemingly fits him perfectly, but also because they have “Bird Rights” on George, as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Pacers are trying to sign him to a contract extension before Oct. 31, but should he become a restricted free agent next summer, Pacers president Larry Bird has said the organization can – and will – match any deal out there. In this case, it’s not a matter of deciding whether to keep him, it’s just about getting it done. In a conversation with Pacers.com, George explained that talks are already in progress.
“We’re talking now,” he said. “It’s still in the rough draft form. It’s a long summer and we’re not rushing it. I think we’re both on the same page as far as myself and the Pacers. … I’m just focusing on getting better and making sure whatever deal that we do come up with, that I’m ready for it.”
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