Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird joked on Monday that he would rather be playing golf than finalizing details of All-Star forward Paul George's new contract.
"I'm going back to the office to work on (George's extension)," was Bird's reaction to the Indianapolis Star when asked about reports that a contract had been agreed upon.
Previous reports of George and the Pacers agreeing on a $90-million extension might have been a bit premature, but even George said it is a foregone conclusion that he will remain with the Pacers.
George told the Star last week he hopes to sign the extension before training camp opens this weekend. He said, on Monday, that he and the team are on the "same page," but the extension had not been finalized yet.
George would prefer to focus on preparing for the upcoming season.
"But whatever happens, happens," he said about trying to get a deal done before Saturday when camp opens. "Right now, it's about to be the start of the year. All the guys are here. We're all fired up and ready to go. That's where my focus is."
Bird said he had not seen the Yahoo! report that the two sides had agreed to the extension. He did discuss how negotiations were proceeding.
"The number has to be a number we both like," he said. "That's what it's all about. It's all about money. He wants to be here. He's told me that a million times. We want him here. Let's just find a number that works for both."