Friday, 20 July, 2018

Paul George Spurns Los Angeles Lakers, Stays With Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George GETTYPaul George looks set to snub the Los Angeles Lakers to stay with OKC this summer
Edward Snyder | 04 July, 2018, 01:31

James' agency made the announcement in a release, saying he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract. Just like that, the West got even wilder.

Also with teams like Houston who has shown the ability to contend as they were one win away from the NBA Finals and the Los Angeles Lakers who are an improving team and had just obtained superstar LeBron James.

Orlando recently re-signed the high-flying Aaron Gordon to a four year, $84 million contract, and have made him the face of the franchise. He was on the MI team that went to the Final Four in 2013.

Leonard has one year left on his contract and will be a 2019 free agent unless he re-signs. This time, it took about 20 hours.

Another thing that should have Thunder fans excited abut their chances to keep George in Oklahoma, is a tease from the players' barber, namely that they should be getting ready for some "GREAT NEWS". The terms were confirmed by a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can not become official until the league's offseason moratorium ends this week. Alex Abrines ($5.5 million in the final season of his contract) and Patrick Patterson ($5.5 million, with a $5.7 million player option for 2019-20) could be replaced more cheaply in free agency, but both played regular minutes last season and Patterson in particular may be hard to trade without giving up draft-pick compensation.

Are the Thunder contenders with George?




Once free agency started around the National Basketball Association late Saturday night or early Sunday morning (depending on where you live), George agreed to a four-year, $137 million max contract to remain with the Thunder.

On a night that will be remembered for Paul George committing to the Thunder on a shocking 4-year max deal, bringing Grant back into the fold is a silent victory for Sam Presti and the Thunder organization. But does he have enough time to let a group of unproven players with no postseason experience develop into a title contender?

Players can not officially sign their new contracts until July 6.

While the reason for the party wasn't clear, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski pointed to something else going on in Oklahoma City on Friday. This years Thunder Day of Service will help the Food Bank fulfill its mission of Fighting HungerFeeding Hope.

If George, 28, sticks with that statement, it would be a huge blow to the Los Angeles Lakers, who have spent a year trying to lure the California native back to the state. George will return on a four-year, $137 million deal.

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