Larry Bird on Paul George’s reported contract terms: ‘I never heard that number’

Mark Runyon

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird says forward Paul George has not signed a new contract-extension for the terms reported by Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Wojonarowski and Spears reported  Sunday night that George and the Pacers were finalizing a five-year, $90 million-plus maximum contract extension.

On Monday, Bird was asked about the terms while at the Brickyard Crossing for the Pacers annual golf outing, he said to the team’s website, “I never heard that number. I wish it was my number instead of [Paul’s].

“I know Paul’s worth,” said Bird. “I’m not banking on what’s going to happen in the future, even though you do somewhat. It’s what he’s accomplished now and that what we’ll go off of.

“It’s always good to have the leverage but the number has got to be a number we both like. And that’s what it’s all about. It’s all about money. Yes, he wants to be here. He’s told me that a million times. We want him here so let’s just find a number that works for both.”

George averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game last season.

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