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Report: Paul George has signed max extension with Clippers

All-Star forward set to make as much as $226 million over the next five seasons.

Paul George of the LA Clippers looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets during Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals on September 13, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth Arena. Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

All-Star forward Paul George has signed a max five-year extension with the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday afternoon. George can make up to $226 million over the next five seasons. George is coming off his first season with the Clippers and had two years left on his current deal, one of which was a player option worth $37.8 million.

George struggled with injuries a bit in his first full season with the Clippers after being acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder. He averaged 21.5 points over 48 games during the regular season, his lowest total in a full season since 2012-13 with the Indiana Pacers. George didn’t exactly redeem himself in the postseason, scoring 20.2 points per game while shooting below 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc.

I guess all of this was enough for the Clippers to lock down George long term. George’s extension will pick up the option for next season and then tack on an additional four years at $190 million overall. So the new player option is for the 2024-25 season. The Clippers can now set their sights on doing the same with Kawhi Leonard, who has a similar contract to George. Kawhi has a player option for next season at $36 million.

George needs to shake off some criticism from this past season and has a lot to prove with the Clippers back in the title hunt. On top of that, George has a shiny new contract that he needs to make good on. It’s going to be a tough road to the NBA Finals for the Clips with the Los Angeles Lakers loaded up again for a run at a repeat. Are we going to see Playoff P come May? Or are we going to see Pandemic P (I hate this nickname, it’s not very classy, but hey it’s 2020).