Paul George has told the Indianapolis Star that he will be signing a long-term contract with the Indiana Pacers before the beginning of the 2013/14 NBA season.
The 23-year-old star was selected by Indiana as the No. 10 overall draft pick in the 2010 NBA draft. During his rookie season, he averaged 7.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game. With increased minutes in his sophomore season, George averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.
Last season, George showed signs of excellence by putting up great numbers for the Pacers. Filling in for Danny Granger’s absence, George averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists, while shooting 36% from the three-point line. George’s numbers increased during the post season, where he put up 19.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game during Indiana’s 19-game run.
With Danny Granger coming back healthy, Indiana seems to be as dangerous as they’ve been in years. Granger has averaged 18.1 points and 5.2 rebounds throughout his career with the Pacers. He was their missing piece during Indiana’s 2012/13 postseason run.
Securing Paul George must have definitely been Indiana’s number one goal. With that out of the way, they can focus on winning and making the right transactions in order to continue competing for the NBA title.