Paul George could very well be the future of the Indiana Pacers franchise. George, who will be entering his third season as a pro in the NBA, recently had his 22nd birthday in May of this year. Still, promise has been shown, and much will be expected of George to take the next step into elite status of top-notch players in the NBA.
The Indiana Pacers have decided to exercise an option on George’s contract that will keep him with the team throughtout the end of the 2013-14 season. The exact details were not yet available at post time, but the decision to hold on to George was both responsible and reassuring. George, who was drafted by the Pacers with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, has looked more confident and calm so far during this preseason. The Pacers are a team that are loaded with scorers but light on superstars. Paul George has the potential to be a franchise player.
The fact that the Indiana Pacers have chosen to make this contract decision less than two weeks away from the start of the NBA regular season is curious. Perhaps the Pacers wanted to assure George that they were totally invested in him as the future of this franchise. In the offseason, Indiana also signed starters Roy Hibbert and George Hill to contract extensions. This move could show solidarity in a starting lineup that could be one of the best in the NBA this season. At the very least, the Indiana Pacers have dug in deep and seem dedicated to their starters for the first time in a long time.