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Paul George inking 4-year, $190 million contract extension with Clippers

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Los Angeles Clippers star swingman Paul George is signing a massive contract extension with his hometown club despite the rocky ending to last season’s playoffs.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, George, 30, is signing a four-year, $190 million long-term deal with the Clippers that goes on top of his remaining $35.4 million deal for the upcoming 2020-21 season. All of that totals to a $226 million contract over the next five years for the six-time All-Star.

George received the brunt of criticism after the Clippers succumbed to a 3-1 second-round playoff series comeback by the Denver Nuggets in the Orlando bubble. The Clippers were billed as a stacked team ready to face off with Staples Center co-tenant Los Angeles Lakers, who eventually beat the Nuggets and later Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Nevertheless, pending Kawhi Leonard’s decision to stay with the Clippers, it appears that George is in it for the long haul to finally bring the Clips their first ever championship.

The Clippers traded multiple first-round draft picks along with budding combo guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and veteran forward Danilo Gallinari to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George back during the 2019 offseason. The blockbuster move coincided with signing fellow LA native Kawhi Leonard, who was coming off the 2019 NBA Finals victory and Finals MVP award.

George averaged 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in 29.6 minutes per game for the Clippers during the 2019-20 season, appearing in 48 regular-season games and shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range.

The Clippers added former Leonard teammate Serge Ibaka, signed Nicolas Batum, and traded for Luke Kennard in the offseason to surround Kawhi and PG with necessary talent to compete in the loaded Western Conference.