George averaged 21.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds last season for the Thunder who were knocked out in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
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.
Recent rumors suggested that George would settle for signing a two or a three-year deal to stay in Oklahoma City - likely so he could accrue 10 years of National Basketball Association service time and qualify for the richest max contract available - but the man known as "PG-13" elected to stay with the Thunder for the long haul instead. It was thought for a long time that George and fellow free agent star LeBron James could head to the Lakers together.
It's unclear whether another team would be interested in such a deal, but for example Oklahoma City could deal Anthony to the Milwaukee Bucks for Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson and Tyler Zeller (whose 2018-19 salary would have to be guaranteed for the salaries to match). Far from it, in fact. He signed a four-year, $137 million max contract with the Thunder that includes a player option. The trade looked lopsided in favor of the Thunder at the time, but Oladipo's ascendence to All-Star status combined with OKC's up-and-down season evened the scales a bit. He spent a little more than two seasons in Philadelphia before he was traded to the Thunder in 2016. Grant was an important member of their small-ball lineups last season, and they would do well to re-sign him. The Oklahoma City point guard is really excited about his teammate entering free agency. Carmelo Anthony is set to make $27.9 million after deciding to not opt out of his deal.
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Given how awkward Anthony's fit with the Thunder was last season, though, moving on from him might not be a bad thing from a pure basketball standpoint.
According to ESPN, George is still "seriously considering" a return to OKC, where his stardom has helped fill some of the void left by Kevin Durant's departure two seasons ago. Now the Thunder has one of the biggest pay rolls in the history of the National Basketball Association.
The Thunder have also agreed to a deal with forward Jerami Grant worth $27M over three years.
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