Pacers will keep Paul George through 2013-14

The Pacers want starting swingman Paul George to stick around at

least two more seasons.

Team officials announced Monday they have exercised an option

that will keep George with the team through the 2013-14 season.

Last season, George averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4

assists, and he’s expected to play an even bigger role this season

as the Pacers hope to contend for an NBA title.

Indiana also released center Luke Nevill and guards Sundiata

Gaines and Blake Ahearn, trimming the team’s roster to 15 as they

head into the final two preseason games.

The Pacers open their season Oct. 31 at Toronto and will play

their home opener Nov. 3 against Sacramento.