Friday, 20 July, 2018

Oklahoma City Thunder: 2017-18 player grades for Jerami Grant

Paul George opts out, but that doesn't mean he's leaving OKC Oklahoma City Thunder: 2017-18 player grades for Jerami Grant
Edward Snyder | 01 July, 2018, 10:15

Paul George said Saturday night, June 30, he is planning on remaining with the Oklahoma City Thunder, just two days after announcing he was becoming a free agent, ESPN reported on Saturday night.

As OKC general manager Sam Presti noted in his draft news conference, Thunder officials have been in communication with George and his representatives since the end of the season.

While the salary cap implications of bringing Grant back are ugly (I haven't even dug into all that yet), the Thunder organization is clearly comfortable with spending massive amounts of cash in hopes of building a contender around George and Russell Westbrook.

Shelburne reports that George potentially staying with the Thunder has thrown a wrench into Los Angeles' plans.

Optimism that the Thunder would be able to sign him and Paul George was low, but OKC made it work. The hope in Oklahoma City is that this year, they'll mesh together and become a significant threat in the National Basketball Association.

George declined his player option last week to become an unrestricted free agent, but didn't take long to make a decision.




George agreed to a four-year, maximum contract worth $137 million.

The five-time All-Star mentions the Lakers again while asking Dwyane Wade for advice on June 12.

He arrived via trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in November 2016 in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova and a 2020 top-20 protected first-round pick.

Chris Paul, meanwhile, was traded in exchange for 8 players by the Clippers last summer after he opted into the final year of his 5-year, $107-million deal with them.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, on The Dan Patrick Show Friday, actually said that signs are "pointing to" George staying in Oklahoma City.

George averaged 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals during his seven seasons in Indiana.

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