Paul George Plans To Stay With Oklahoma City Thunder; Twitter Reacts

Dean Simpson
July 1, 2018

George could also sign a "one-and-one" or a "two-and-one" contract with the Thunder, which would give him the option of re-entering free agency following next season or the following season. All day we've seen the talk of PG going to Russell Westbrook's party with OKC's front office in attendance, so it wasn't smoke and mirrors.

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.

Optimism that the Thunder would be able to sign him and Paul George was low, but OKC made it work.

Were he to sign with any National Basketball Association team other than Oklahoma City, the max contract available to him would span four years and pay $130 million, $46 million less than the Thunder can pay him.

Oklahoma City finished with 48 victories and the Western Conference's 4th seed but were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in 6 games in the first round of the playoffs. The Oklahoma City point guard is really excited about his teammate entering free agency.

With George in the fold, the Thunder have $147 million committed to 10 players.

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

Unless another team surpasses the Thunder this season (which is possible, given where the league's finances are going) that would easily make Oklahoma City the most expensive team in National Basketball Association history. Anthony has a no-trade clause, but a trade that could precede a buyout to play elsewhere next season could be a move Anthony would welcome. Now, it appears as though George opted to sign a long-term deal with the organization.

Grant had his highest points per game average at 8.4 since the 2015-16 year, when he scored 9.7 points per game.

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