Last season, the Los Angeles Clippers were heavy title favorites. Led by Qui Leonard and Paul George, they won their first round series and took a 3–1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the second round. But things became increasingly uncontrolled as he lost three consecutive games. Before they knew it, the Clippers dropped out of the playoffs and were labeled as underwriters. Soon after his elimination, the Clippers let coach Doc Rivers go.
Yet after that painful year, the Clippers are not willing to give up. In fact, they are doubling up on one of their stars.
George has agreed to a new maximum extension to live in Los Angeles. As ESPN Adrian Wojrowski reportsThe expansion is worth $ 190 million over four years. George is already set to make $ 35.4 million this season, bringing the deal to a total of $ 226 million over five years.
George had a player option of $ 37.9 million for the 2021–22 season. If he had rejected that option, he would have become a free agent. Instead, he has his roots in Los Angeles and is hoping to win his first career title with the Clippers.
Compared to his 2018–19 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder – including an average of 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.2 steals – George had a disappointing 2019-20 campaign. He finished with 21.5 points and 5.7 rebounds and struggled to shoot well in the playoffs, hitting below 40 percent from the field.
Even with a down year, the Clippers believe in George long term. He is still only 30 years old and has made 5 All-NBA teams and 4 All-Defensive teams. And the team hopes that a new coach can help their star emerge.
George and Rivers often clashed, and recently said they felt Rivers misused them as a player. The Clippers hired Tyrone Lew to replace Rivers, who would likely try to boost George’s efficiency and usage numbers.
For now, the Clippers are happy for George for the next half decade. They will bounce back and put on a strong performance in the new season.