Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers Agree to Long-Term Extension
Paul George will be a Los Angeles Clipper for a while.
He might even retire as one.
With two years remaining on his current deal, the second being a player option, Pandemic P… er… George signed a four-year, $190-million extension with the franchise on Thursday. The contract also includes a fifth year player option, which can push the deal to $226-million.
All-Star forward Paul George has signed a maximum contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers that’ll guarantee him as much as $226 million over the next five years, his agent Aaron Mintz of @CAA_Basketball tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 10, 2020
Despite his struggles in side the bubble, the Clippers clearly remain fully committed to their veteran star guard who came into the season rehabbing dual shoulder surgery. Despite the injury-riddled offseason, George still put together an All-Star calibre season and averaged 21.5 points across 48 games.
George and the organization is hopeful that Kawhi Leonard will follow suit and sign a long-term extension of his own.
“He’s one of the guys that I talked to and kind of wanted to inform, ‘Hey, this is a decision I wanted to make. I want to be here long term,'” George said. “It’s not putting a gun to Kawhi and telling him he’s gotta do this or do that. Hopefully it’s a mutual bond, and we both enjoy playing with one another.”
“Again, it’s Kawhi’s decision,” George added. “I’m a grown man. If he decides to go elsewhere, that’s a decision that I’ll be happy for him. But my hoping and my responsibility — what I would love is to play with him for the rest of my contract or the rest of his contract. I guess I have to work on that when it comes to his time.”
George’s new deal will start in his age-31 season.