Pacers' Paul George hopes for max contract in next deal

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The Indiana Pacers star expects to make quite a bit more money when he signs his next contract after leading his team to a near upset over the Miami Heat.

Paul George enjoyed a coming-out party over the past couple of weeks. The Indiana Pacers' new playmaker nearly led his team to an upset over the Miami Heat before the underdogs succumbed to LeBron James and Co. in Game 7 on Monday night. George fouled out with just seven points to his name.

Monday night's loss hasn't dampened George's expectations for the future, however, as he talked to Fox Sports Florida's Chris Tomasson about his plans to eventually be the NBA's Most Valuable Player -- while playing on a maximum contract with the Pacers:

"I would hope, George said. "I would hope. Max guys get the job done at this time (the playoffs).''

George, making $2.6 million this season and $3.3 million next season, could sign an maximum extension this summer with the Pacers that could start at around $14 million for 2014-15. But he stopped short of saying he wants to get his deal done this offseason.

"I haven't really put my mind to that right now,'' said George, who would become a restricted free agent in 2014 if he doesn't sign an extension this offseason. "I really want to focus on what's at the plate now."

It'll be interesting to see if George does indeed get a max deal in the coming offseasons, but his play against James in the Eastern Conference Finals certainly made it seem like he deserves the opportunity to talk about it in the near future.

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