INDIANAPOLIS – Paul George wanted to keep playing in Indiana. Larry Bird made sure he wasnt going anywhere.
The Pacers star forward agreed Tuesday to a long-term contract, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because it wont be officially announced until today.
Terms were not immediately available, but he is eligible for a five-year deal worth between $80 million to $90 million, depending on the salary cap.
George was the NBAs Most Improved Player last season when he averaged career-highs of 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
The 6-foot-8 forward was a third-team All-NBA selection, a second-team all-defensive pick, was named the leagues most improved player and earned a second straight trip to USA Basketball camp this summer.
NY arenas splitting All-Star festivities
The 2015 NBA All-Star weekend will be split between two New York arenas, with Madison Square Garden to host the game, two people with knowledge of the plans said. Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host the Saturday skills events.
Ex-IU athletic director dies
Paul Dietzel, the athletic director at Indiana from 1976-78 who is best known for his time at Louisiana State as a football coach in the 50s and 60s, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Columbia City player released
Columbia City senior Sam Dailey was released from a rehabilitation hospital in Fort Wayne last week, according to the website www.doitfordailey.org. Dailey, who suffered a severe head injury in the season opener Aug. 23 at Warsaw, is scheduled to receive 24-hour in-home care. Dailey will return to Fort Wayne daily for three hours of speech, physical and occupational therapy.
Dwenger senior sidelined
Bishop Dwenger senior receiver Keenan Centlivre will be sidelined for as many as six more weeks after having surgery Friday on his injured collarbone. Centlivre had six screws and a plate put in his collarbone, which he injured while diving for a pass against Northrop two weeks ago. Centlivre has been in a sling for two weeks and should have full range of motion in six weeks. The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder committed to be a walk-on to the Notre Dame football program over the summer.
Concussion show on PBS on Thursday
Fort Waynes public television station, PBS39, will air an hour-long show Thursday focusing on concussions and brain injuries in sports and the life-long implications of the injuries. The programming decision was inspired, in part, by the significant head injury suffered by Columbia City senior Sam Dailey in the season opener against Warsaw.
Tippy Valley staying put
Tippecanoe Valley is the second area school to decline an invitation to the Northern State Conference. Valley athletic director Duane Burkhart confirmed in an email turning down the NSCs invitation Monday, citing the instability of the soon-to-be four-team conference. Tippecanoe Valley will remain in the Three Rivers Conference. Last week, Wawasee also declined an invitation to leave the Northern Lakes Conference for the NSC.
Tyler Willette shot an even-par 72 to help Indiana Tech (301) to fifth place at the WHAC Jamboree at Hawthorne Hills Golf Course in Lima, Ohio. Willette is tied for second with four others, three behind the leader Adrian Balbas of Davenport. Also in the top-10 after the first round is Tom Kocks, who carded a 2-over 74, and is tied for 10th. Davenport leads the 10-team, 55-player, two-day event with a first round 289. The final round is today at Coyote Creek. Sophomore Amy Worthington shot an 85 to lead the Trine women to fifth place (366) at the first MIAA Jamboree of the season at Medalist Golf Club in Marshall, Mich. Host Olivet took both the team (329) and individual honors. Olivet took home the gold with a team score of 329 and Theresa Damico claimed medalist honors with a 78.
Devils add forward
New Jersey signed forward Damien Brunner. Brunner had 12 goals and 14 assists last year with Detroit.
Heather Jones scored twice and Kayleigh West added another as the Saint Francis women posted their second straight shutout, 3-0, over visiting Marian. Tori Singstock and Ashley Marsh both had hat tricks as the host Indiana Tech women defeated Cleary 9-3 in a non-conference match. Sophomore Skyler Reed had a goal and two assists but the Trine women lost 4-3 in overtime to Olivet in Olivet, Mich. The loss dropped the Thunder to 1-6 overall, 0-5 in the MIAA.