After putting to bed rumors about possibly signing with the Los Angeles Lakers during the free agency period after the 2013-14 NBA season, the Indiana Pacers and their all-star forward Paul George have begun preliminary talks in contract extension.
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"We're talking now," George said. "It's still in the rough draft form. It's a long summer and we're not rushing it. I think we're both on the same page as far as myself and the Pacers. ... I'm just focusing on getting better and making sure whatever deal that we do come up with, that I'm ready for it."
George said he would like to sign an extension before the regular season begins on Oct. 31.
"It's something that I would love, obviously," George said. "I would love to have something done going into the season just to take my mind off that and really get to practicing and focusing on getting better this summer. It would be ideal if I could get it done going into training camp."
This news just comes a week after George dispelled rumors about joining the Lakers.
"I'm happy to be in Indiana," George said. "I'm happy to be where I am. If I was going to leave Indiana and come to the Lakers, it just wouldn't be a smart move for me. We got a great thing going right now."
George will enter his final year of his $3.2 million rookie contract with the Pacers next season. He had a breakthrough season last year averaging career-highs of 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. During the playoffs he averaged 19.2 points while leading the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals, one victory shy from making an NBA Finals appearance.