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Paul George Contract: Latest News, Rumors on Star's Negotiations with Pacers

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Indiana Pacers' Paul George (13) in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 111-92. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Paul George is still under contract with the Indiana Pacers for three more years, but talks for his tenure to extend beyond that have already begun.

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George Begins Preliminary Contract Talks

Friday, Aug. 5

According to Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com, George said that preliminary contract-extension discussions have taken place, but they remain in the early stages.

The 26-year-old forward is set to make an average of over $18.3 million per season over the next three years, per Spotrac.com.

After missing all but six games in 2014-15 due to a gruesome leg injury, George bounced back with a career year in 2015-16, averaging a personal-best 23.1 points per game to go along with 7.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

George also averaged 27.3 points per game in Indiana's first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, and he nearly spearheaded an upset of the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed.

The Pacers have the makings of a team that could push the Cleveland Cavaliers during the upcoming season due to the additions of Jeff Teague, Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young around a strong core of George and Monta Ellis.

George is already a three-time All-Star, but he is a player on the rise who is trending in a direction that could see him develop into a perennial MVP contender.

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The Pacers can ill afford to have a situation akin to Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, so taking a proactive approach in contract discussions with George could help them avoid that.

    

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