The LA Clippers Thursday announced that Paul George has signed a contract extension to remain in Los Angeles.
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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, it is a maximum extension said to guarantee George as much as $226 million over the next five seasons.
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
George had an opportunity to test free agency following the 2020-21 season but instead has now cemented himself as part of the Clippers franchise for years to come.
According to Wojnarowski, George will now be with the Clippers through the 2023-24 season, with a new player option for the 2024-25 season to follow. This news comes just days after George informed reporters of his desire to retire as a Clipper.
The maximum extension is reportedly worth $190 million over four years, which, in addition to the $35.4 million guaranteed George is set to earn in the 2020-21 season, makes up for the $226 million figure reported by Wojnarowski.
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George, who was acquired by the Clippers in the 2019 offseason, averaged 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists on .439/.412/.876 over 48 regular-season games in his first season as a Clipper.
His efficiency took a dip in the postseason, where he averaged 20.2 points while shooting just 39.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and the Clippers fell just one win shy of advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Following George's commitment, the focus now shifts to Kawhi Leonard, who can enter free agency as he has a player option for the 2021-22 season.
The Clippers open the 2020 preseason with games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 11 and Dec. 13 and open the 2020-21 regular season against the Lakers on Dec. 22.
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