Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 9/18/13
Many speculated that Paul George would leave the small market Pacers next summer to play in brighter lights. Well, you can put an end to those thoughts. George stated that he will indeed sign a long-term contract with Indiana before the season starts. “(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.” This may come as a surprise because most would see no harm in testing the free agent market. On the other hand, signing the contract before the year will prevent getting asked about your future plans everyday, just ask Melo.  
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