May 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) brings the ball up court against the Miami Heat during the first half in game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers, Paul George agree to 5-year, $90 million deal

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Indiana Pacers are close to agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal with all-star swingman Paul George.

Wojnarowski’s source says the two sides are close and the deal is “expected to be signed next week.”

With veteran forward Danny Granger injured, George blossomed into a star in his third NBA season. The 23-year old averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game in 79 games for the Pacers last season. He shot 41.9% from the field, 36.2% from beyond the arc and 80.7% from the free throw line. He was named to the all-star team for the first time. He was also named the NBA’s Most Improved Player.

George helped lead the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they were ousted by the eventual world champion Miami Heat in seven games. In the postseason, George averaged 19.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game in 19 games. He shot 43.0% from the field, 32.7% from three and 72.7% from the free throw line.

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