Paul George Signs Four-Year, $190 Million Extension With Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed one of their two franchise stars to a long-term contract, less than two weeks before the start of the 2020-21 season.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowki, the Clippers and All-Star Paul George have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $190 million. The new deal guarantees him up $226 million “over the next five years”, per Wojnarowski.
George had the option to test free agency after next season by opting out of his contract. But the 30-year-old has committed his long-term future to the Clippers, who hope to re-sign superstar Kawhi Leonard to an extension.
Leonard can opt out of his contract after the 2020-21 campaign. If he decides to opt in for the 2021-22 season, he will have the option to enter free agency in 2022.
The Clippers landed the two-time NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP in 2019 free agency, and they paired him with George – who arrived in a blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Clippers were widely regarded as the team to beat entering 2019-20. They finished second in the Western Conference with a 49-23 record, defeating the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.
Los Angeles had a 3-1 series lead over the Denver Nuggets in round two, needing just one more victory to clinch the franchise its first Western Conference Finals appearance. But the Clippers lost the next three games, which led to the team moving on from head coach Doc Rivers.
Rivers was replaced by Tyronn Lue, who coached the Cleveland Cavaliers to a title in 2016. Lue was an assistant coach for the Clippers last season.
It remains to be seen if Leonard will sign an extension with the Clippers. If he does, it will keep the team’s title window open a little longer. A deeper playoff run in 2021 would certainly go a long way in convincing him to re-sign.
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