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After traveling to Washington,Chicago,Minnesota,New Jersey and Utah,Devean George finally decided to stay in Los Angeles,agreeing to a four-year,$21 million deal with the world champion Lakers on Wednesday.

George's agent,Mark Bartelstein,confirmed the agreement Wednesday afternoon.George got the full mid-level exception from the Lakers -- $21 million was the most they could pay the 6-foot-8 forward.The contract includes an option for George after year 3.

He probably took a few years less than he could've gotten elsewhere,Bartelstein said.But this is where he wanted to be.The Lakers were his first choice.

George could've signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves or Utah Jazz for six years,according to Bartelstein.

George has spent the better part of the last two weeks trying to find a situation that would allow him to spread his wings a bit.Both the T-Wolves and the Jazz were willing to offer similar contracts to George,but in the end,sources say George felt that the situation in L.A. suited him the best.

The 1999 first-round pick enjoyed his best season during 2001-02 campaign,averaging 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 21.5 minutes a game for the Lakers.George's stock really rose in the playoffs,particularly in the NBA Finals.

Against the New Jersey Nets,George gave L.A. a spark off the bench,averaging 5.0 points 3.6 rebounds and coming up with 11 points,six boards and two blocks in 20 helpful minutes in the title-clinching Game 4 win.

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Am I missing something here?

Devean George is going to get $5.25 mil/year for the next four years? For what reason? Take a look at his stats from last season:

82 games played (at least he stays healthy)
21.5 minutes/game (that's less than half the game, folks)
7.1 points/game
3.7 rebounds/game (for a 6'8" athletic guy)
41.1 FG% (for a 6'8" guy!)
67.5 FT%
37.1 3-point %
0.5 blocks/game
0.9 steals/game
1.4 assists/game

His playoff statistics:

17.2 minutes/game (less than he got in the regular season)
5.0 points/game (also less than the regular season)
3.6 rebounds/game
36.5 FG% (!)
73.3 FT%
22.9 3-point % (!)
0.5 blocks/game
0.6 steals/game
0.6 assists/game
0.6 turnovers/game

And a big reason he got re-signed is because he had "a big Game Four"? The dude played 20 minutes in Game Four! TWENTY MINUTES!

What am I missing here?
 

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I know, Im a Laker fan and I think the Lakers are paying George way too much. He is athletic, wow! He played great in a few games throughout the season and I wanted him to come back to the Lakers but he doesnt deserve to get paid over 5 mill a year. Im not sure if the Lakers can spend any more cash on free agents now and they don't even have a true back up point guard or center.
 

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Hey guys, that is the going price, even for non super stars...Fischer is getting $7 million per year...But look at your stats...He is averaging those points and those rebounds in less than half a game...So double the stats and in a full game his numbers are not bad at all...He is young and will only improve...I am not a great fan of his, but I think he is the future at SF and I think his stats will be very good when he is a starter.........The mistake is not that they signed him...The mistake is that they could have signed him for 1 year at 1.5 million. Then they could have given him the four year deal next year...That would have given them another 2.5 million to use this year on a free agent center or backup pg..........Kupchak goofed on this one.........
 

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Well I don't know where you get your info but I have just checked several sites and they all say the same thing. Fisher made 3 mill last year and will make 3 mill this coming season. So I repeat George is not worth over 5 mill, at most he should be paid as much as Fisher and DFish has done much more for the team than Devean.
 

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They may thought George can be the next Pippen?
 
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