Paul George ‘Has Committed’ To Signing With Thunder

Paul George will reportedly opt out of his contract and become a free agent

Paul George will reportedly opt out of his contract and become a free agent

In fact, as free agency was set to begin early Sunday, Westbrook even left a family vacation in Hawaii to fly eight hours to host a private party in Oklahoma City with George expected to be among those in attendance.

Marc Stein of the NY times reports that George is "strongly considering" signing a two or three year deal with the Thunder. By not opting in to the final year of his existing deal, George opens up an array of possibilities - such as going elsewhere, possibly the Los Angeles Lakers, or signing a new deal with Oklahoma City.

"I'm here to stay", George said at the house party, to raucous applause.

Instead of being thrust into uncertainty, their future now remains that of a contending team for the duration of George and Westbrook's contracts, and Sam Presti has always had an eye for the dramatic so they might not be done adding high profile names just yet.

That's music to the ears of Lakers fans hoping George will help bring them another championship.

This has led to speculation that the Thunder may try to buy out Anthony's contract or try to minimize the damage by stretching it, which would allow Oklahoma City to pay his salary over the next three seasons.

Beyond that, the Thunder would likely have to trade rotation players to save money next season.

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Oklahoma City's big gamble last offseason appears to have paid off.

Most of that has to do with LeBron James, another moving piece we now have to wonder if his best destination. 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.

A year ago, the Cavs had reportedly agreed to a three-way trade to acquire George, before his former team, the Indiana Pacers, pulled out of the deal.

The Thunder have the power ti tempt George to stick around with a lucrative max offer sheet worth $176m over five years.

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. "I mean, honestly, I can't say it any more than that".

George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder.

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.

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