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Friday, July 19th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  9 responses

Larry Bird Says Pacers to Match Any Offer for Paul George


It doesn’t matter if Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers come knocking next summer — the Indiana Pacers aren’t letting Paul George go. Larry Bird states the obvious: the team will match any offer for the restricted free agent. Per 1070 The Fan (via PBT): “We’re trying to sign Paul,’ Larry Bird said. ‘It’s not as easy as it looks. We’re going to make a major offer to him. It’s going to be up to him whether he accept or not or goes out into the free-agency market. If he does, we’re going to match. But we’d like to get something done. We know he wants to be here. He’s a great kid. He’s one of the nicest young men you’ll ever meet, and he’s a good player. And we think we should take care of him.’ The Pacers could extend George’s contract before Oct. 31, and that would allow them to sign him for five additional years. If George makes an All-NBA first, second or third team this season, he’d even be eligible for a larger extension. Because Indiana and George won’t know whether that will happen before Oct. 31, they can negotiate contingencies in the event it does. In short, if the Pacers are serious about paying George, they could offer him more guaranteed money before the season begins than any other team could offer next summer. If George becomes a free agent in 2014, the Pacers can match any offer he’ll receive.”

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  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    This one is hard to call. On one hand I think he’ll stay in Indiana because of their growing success and core group being intact but on the other hand he is from LA and if the Lakers throw the right figures at him he may jump at it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s called restricted free agency. no matter what the lakers throw at him, even if it is the max, the pacers can just match it and keep him. unless he is willing to take the qualifying offer for one year with the risk of getting hurt and missing out on a four year guaranteed deal.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Duh totally glanced over the fact that he was restricted.

  • RayJr

    You think PG would pull a Dwight? I don’t see that in this guy’s character but if he wants out of Indiana that’s the only way.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think he wants a long term deal. he is restricted and his situation is not like dwight’s was

  • RayJr

    Of course there will be offers. Of course Pacers will match. PG really has no choice.

  • RayJr

    Yeah not the same but what I meant was would he sign a qualifying offer for one more year with them, giving the Pacers hope he would sign long term, just to see him really leave?

  • tnrc75

    Larry’s a great GM.

  • spit hot fiyah

    still not comparable. why would he even sign a qualifying offer if his intent is to stay. if u sign the qualifying offer it is a sign that the player is not interested in being there long term. by signing the qualifying offer you just loose money compared to signing long term if are a player that is getting max money or close to it.

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