George was named third-team All-NBA in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and the Pacers star would have been eligible to make roughly $207 million over five seasons from in if he had made an All-NBA team this year as well. He can make first, second or third All-NBA team and the contract kicks in. Essentially, now 2 players per team if meeting a certain criteria, and still on the team that drafted them, are eligible for massive 5-year contract extensions. In July, the Pacers can offer him a contract extension that starts in 2018-19 (eliminating the player option year).
Eventually, Indiana won't want to risk losing George for nothing outright next summer.
It was a hard season for George, though, as his name was mentioned in trade rumors during the trade deadline. One that came to mind immediately for anyone who follows the National Basketball Association closely is the idea of the Lakers trading for Pacers All-Star Paul George.
The unusual thing about talking about a George deal is the fact that he can opt out of his contract after 2017-18. There was no text on George's re-tweet, which was subsequently deleted.
The Celtics have been rumored to make a run at Hayward during his free agency this summer.
That brings the conversation to both players' respective contract statuses.
As for Hayward, rumors of a possible reunion with Butler coach Brad Stevens in Boston has even more credence now.
New Pacers president Kevin Pritchard, who met with George after the team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers, told reporters that George expressed an interest in staying long term but made it clear he wanted to be on a contender. Leonard will be able to sign for five years based on the 2019-20 salary cap, worth at least an estimated $213 million. Of course, he could bet on himself, exercise that option and choose to push free agency until next summer.
The Los Angeles Lakers appear to have their sights set on George in 2018 or sooner via trade, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
But George and Hayward missing benchmarks now buys the rest of the NBA's teams time to figure out how they can be a part of a deal that gets them elsewhere, or how they can make space to sign them outright.
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