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Report: Pacers' George signs $80 million extension

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The Indiana Pacers signed rising star Paul George to a five-year maximum contract extension that will take him through the 2018-2019 season, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.

The team is expected to make a formal announcement on Wednesday.

Precise contract terms will not be determined until the extension take effect next year, but George is expected to earn about $80 million in guaranteed money over the course of the contract, according to the report.

George, a forward, can earn an additional $10,000 if he makes an All-NBA team or wins an MVP award after this upcoming season.

George, 23, was named to the All-Star team this past season, when he also won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. The third-year pro averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 2012-2013 and was also named to the league's all-defensive team.

The Pacers have several key members locked up. They signed forward David West to a three-year, $36 million deal over the summer, and last year the Pacers signed center Roy Hibbert to a four-year deal worth $58 million.
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