All-Star forward Paul George followed up his recent comments about finishing his career with LA Clippers with actions on Thursday.
The Clippers announced that George inked a four-year extension that keeps him under contract through 2023-24. The deal also contains a player option for the 2024-25 season.
According to reports, the extension is worth $190 million, which puts George on track to earn $226 million in the next five years.
“I am proud to call this my home and look forward to doing my part in helping make the team a tremendous success—both on and off the court—in the years ahead,” said George after the deal became official.
Securing Paul George’s services was crucial for the Los Angeles Clippers, considering that he could have hit free agency next year. This would’ve been a nightmare scenario for the organization, after they gave up a massive package last year to bring him from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The trade saw the Clippers giving up perspective guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and veteran Danilo Gallinari while also sending five first-round draft picks and two pick-swap rights to OKC.
In his first year with Clippers, George struggled to perform on his All-NBA level from 2018-19. He averaged just 21.5 points per game, his lowest in an injury-free season since 2013, while also underperforming in the playoffs where Clippers blew 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semis against the Denver Nuggets.
The Clippers are now banking that George will return to All-Star level under new head coach Ty Lue, and that they can resurrect their NBA title hopes this season. The organization is probably also hoping that George’s commitment will prompt teammate Kawhi Leonard to do the same.