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Clippers: All-star George signs multiyear contract extension


LOS ANGELES— Paul George wants to retire with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he took a step in that direction by signing a multiyear contract extension Thursday.

The six-time All-Star could have become a free agent after the upcoming season. Instead, the team locked down his services, ensuring George will remain not far from where he grew up in Palmdale.

“This is a childhood dream being fulfilled. It’s just priceless, regardless of what this deal was for,” he said on a video call. “Being in front of my family and my friends and leaving my mark on a place I grew up.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but ESPN reported George’s contract was extended for an additional four years at $190 million, in addition to the $35.4 million guaranteed him for the 2020-21 season.

George averaged 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and shot a career-high 41 per cent from 3-point range in his first season with the Clippers. It ended it disappoint­ment, however, with the team blowing a 3-1 lead against Denver and losing in the second round of the playoffs.

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