Lakers Dodged A Bullet Missing Out On Paul George

01 July, 2018, 10:17 | Author: Alyssa Little
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George opted out of his contract with OKC and became an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, per USA TODAY Sports.

Paul George will be a member of the Thunder for the foreseeable future. Los Angeles appears to be the front-runner for LeBron James, but George elected to stay with the Thunder and Russell Westbrook.

Veteran swingman Paul George was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and he's a legend in the eyes of the fans that show up to support the Lakers at Staples Center.

It was reported just before midnight on the East coast that George has agreed to re-sign with the Thunder. Worse yet, Oklahoma City would be paying the tax for the fourth time in five years, meaning falling into the more punitive category of repeat taxpayers.

According to a KOCO 5 News report in Oklahoma City, the National Basketball Association star chose to stay with the Thunder for another season. This has already seen them agree to a three-year, $27 million deal to bring back veteran forward Jerami Grant.

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ESPN's Royce Young tweeted that Westbrook "left a family vacation in Hawaii to fly eight hours to Oklahoma City to host this party".

This is definitely the biggest indication that the 28-year-old is likely to stay with the Thunder next season. The Oklahoma City point guard is really excited about his teammate entering free agency. The deal reportedly carries a player option on the final season.

And her claims were corroborated by fellow hoops expert Brian Windhorst, who suggested "all signs" were pointing to George "remaining in Oklahoma City". He simply isn't the kind of player you give that kind of money to.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a career-best 2.0 steals this past season with the Thunder.

The hope here is that Oklahoma City is able to somehow overcome last season's struggles.

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