Pacers unable to offer richest deal to George

Pacers unable to offer richest deal to George

Pacers unable to offer richest deal to George

Per the rules of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, George would have been eligible for the designated player exception - and a five-year contract with IN worth roughly $210 million (approximately $70 million more than any other team could offer) - had he been named to one of the three All-NBA teams. But the Pacers should still be able to say they feel Paul George is deserving of whatever super-max deal the designated player gets, as he's potentially a better bet over the next 6 (next year plus a 5 year extension) seasons. A trade now would transfer George's Bird Rights to his new team, allowing him to re-sign there for the projected $177 million over five years rather than the projected $132 million over four years if he leaves his previous team. If he leaves, the most he can earn is around $131 million through four years, which is an average annual value of $32.7 million.

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Brian Windhorst of ESPN brings word that the package put forth for Paul George was, indeed, quite aggressive and specifics are below. They'll make a combined $72 million this season. Davis played more than half his minutes at center this season, many before Cousins arrived.

Instead, there's a strong chance George leaves IN in 2018, or is traded IN the upcoming season. But he can opt out of the deal following the 2017-18 season.

IN may have the financial advantage, but it's dependent on forces outside of the Pacers' control.

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The Los Angeles Lakers believe they will be in position to sign Paul George during the summer of 2018. "Obviously I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is". The Boston Celtics have also been linked to Hayward.

According to Nat Newell of the Indy Star, with the DPE, George could sign an extension with the Pacers worth approximately $212 million over six years.

Expect to see the Pacers be extremely active in free agency and on the trade market this offseason.

That last sentence feels especially noteworthy, as it would go a long way to deter other teams from offering legitimate trade packages for George.

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