Pacers guard Paul George is a native of Los Angeles and it's rare that a day goes by where he doesn't hear the pleas of Lakers fans for him to suit up in purple and gold in 2014. However, it doesn't sound like George is looking to leave the Pacers for L.A., or anywhere else for that matter, writes Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
"I'm happy, man. I'm happy in Indiana. It's overwhelming (to hear) that they would want a player like me to come play for their team. But right now I'm focused on Indiana. I'm happy to be in Indiana. Our future is bright in Indiana. I wouldn't want to leave something great," said the 23-year-old.
George confirmed after today's Team USA practice that he has already opened contract extension talks with the Pacers. While he isn't getting into specifics about the discussions, one source close to the process told Stein this week that a max extension with the Pacers, most likely before the Oct. 31 deadline for players from the 2010 draft class, is a "foregone conclusion."
The former 10th overall pick had a breakout season in 2012/13, averaging 17.4 PPG, 4.1 APG, 7.6 RPG, and 1.8 SPG. He stepped up even more for Indiana in the postseason where he helped them take the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals.