INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George wanted to keep playing in Indiana. Larry Bird made sure he wasn’t going anywhere.
The Pacers star forward agreed to a long-term contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity. Terms were not immediately available, but he is eligible for a five-year deal worth between $80 million to $90 million, depending on the salary cap.
George’s rookie deal was set to expire after next season and the 23-year-old All-Star almost certainly would have been one of most attractive players on the free-agent market.