Clippers, George ink extension
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 dealwas 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’s player option for the 2021-22 season will be replaced with the four-year extension, which includes a new player option for the 2024-25 season.
George averaged 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and shot a career-high 41% from 3-point range in his first season with the Clippers.