According to reports from Yahoo Sports and ESPN, the Indiana Pacers are in the process of finalizing a five-year maximum extension with 23-year-old All-Star forward Paul George. If George makes an All-NBA team this season, the contract should pay upwards of $90 million. This comes as a travesty to the Pelicans, who will lose their targeted forward of the future… Well, okay, maybe the Pelicans lacked even the remotest chance at bringing George to their franchise, but the extension is still pertinent to the Pelicans’ future.
“How?”, you might ask. Well, with Paul George extended in Indy, the Pelican’s hope of cornering the “generic sounding names” market is shattered. The grand dream of adding to the “Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith, Eric Gordon” core comes crashing to a halt, to be revived only when the next Joe Smith rises through the college ranks.
Of course, there is a real significance to this post (this is where a Laker’s fan protests, “No, we really did have a chance at George!”) The recent extensions of young stars like George, Derrick Rose, and Blake Griffin set a standard for Anthony Davis’s second contract. While it may seem wise to secure Davis under a lower scale “max”, one not affected by the All-NBA or All-Star team appearance incentives, it is unlikely that Davis will settle given the contracts of his soon-to-be peers.