Paul George Has 90 Million Reasons to Stay with the Indiana Pacers

BY Fansided and Ben Gibson/FanSided via 8 Points, 9 Seconds • December 15, 2016

Paul George can make $90 million more on his next contract if he stays with the Indiana Pacers instead of leaving for another team.

If you were wondering why Paul George hadn’t signed an extension yet with the Indiana Pacers, there was a very good reason.

Over 90 million of them.

According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the new collective bargaining agreement puts even more incentive on players staying with their teams. Under the “Designated Player” provision, teams can put up to 35% of their salary cap towards a veteran player, and extend their contract up to six years. There are certain qualifications, such as being on the All-NBA team according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

A player like Paul George is one of those players.

Indiana can give Paul George more money in the first season of an extension that other teams could offer him in the fourth year of their contract, according to the math of the Indianapolis Star’s Nat Newell.

For the TL:DR crowd: Paul George has more financial incentives than ever to stay with the Indiana Pacers.

As long as things go as expected and the new CBA is ratified by both sides, the Pacers have a big bargaining chip when it comes to negotiating with Paul George.

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