One of the biggest names on the market in 2018 National Basketball Association free agency is Paul George, who is coming off a disappointing end to his first, and perhaps lone, season playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Paul George has committed to sign with the Thunder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Add in the rights to the three players Oklahoma City landed in the second round of the NBA Draft (Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Hervey and Devon Hall) and a player on a minimum contract, and the Thunder would be looking at a total payroll of about $151 million. Nothing seemed to stand in the way of George signing with the Lakers this summer, not even a trade to Oklahoma City which seemed to more or less seal his fate.
George was traded to the Thunder nearly a year ago after telling the Indiana Pacers he would not re-sign with them.
Paul George next team odds: Where could the National Basketball Association star go next? Oklahoma City could save money in 2018-19 by dealing Anthony for a player (or players) with smaller but longer contracts, giving the other team more flexibility for the summer of 2019 while delaying the worst of the Thunder's tax problems another year.
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George, a native of Southern California, and LeBron James are the focus of the Lakers free agent recruiting efforts.
This isn't just high by Oklahoma City standards; it would be the largest luxury-tax bill in National Basketball Association history.
With George staying in OKC, the pressure to trade for Kawhi Leonard just hit critical mass.
In the special, George said he wants to pick the front office that gives him the best chance to win.
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Last year, PG was traded to the team after informing the Pacers that he would not be re-signing with them in order to join the Lakers in his hometown in light of his free agency.
It was not an unexpected move for George, who averaged 21.9 points for the Thunder this past season. Shortly after the Thunder lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz, George had a scope of his left knee performed.
If the Thunder can continue to sell him on the culture of the team over the next season, he could be inclined to sign a long-term deal with the organization to compete with Westbrook, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson for several seasons to come.
The success of the Thunder's starting five last season has been a point in favor of Anthony's value to the team.
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