By: Randy Cruz (@cruzr83)

Indiana Pacers star Paul George, entering the final year of his contract, says he intends to sign a long term contract with the team before the season starts.

George, 23, is on the cusp of becoming one of the great young and talented players in the NBA. Last season, he was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game, named Most Improved Player, selected to All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive Second Team. 

Paul George and the Pacers, along with David West, Roy Hibbert and a company, were one game away from the NBA Finals last season as they took the defending champion Miami Heat to a decisive Game 7 in Miami. Some could make the case that the Pacers are the second best team in the East because of their young and athletic roster. 

Courtesy of Michael Pointer from the Indianapolis Star:

“(A long-term contract) is going to get done,” George told The Indianapolis Star. “There will be a deal signed and sealed on the table before the season. We’re (George and Pacers management) on the same page.” …

Pacers President Larry Bird said earlier this week he hopes to reach a deal before the season because it would remove a potential distraction and give George a sense of security that many players crave — including Bird himself during his Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics.

“We are working on it now,” Bird said. “We’ve got a way set up where we definitely think we can get something done, but it’s going to have to work for both parties.”

With Paul George on the Pacers roster long term, it's definitely a positive sign for their franchise as they head into the future with championship aspirations. 

 

Watch Paul George's game-tying three pointer against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals last season: