New Details Emerge From Paul George’s Contract With The Thunder

Paul George’s Sit-down With Dwyane Wade Suggests He Is Signing With the Lakers

According to a report from ESPN's Royce Young, George is flying into Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon. Doing so and filling Singler's roster spot with a player signed for the veteran's minimum would shave almost $15 million off the Oklahoma City tax bill and save the team about $17 million overall.

George will be an unrestricted free agent at midnight ET after declining his player option on Thursday. The forward had until Friday to decide whether to opt in, which would have paid him $20.7 million in 2018-19, the last season of a five-year, $91.6 million deal he signed as a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Paul George was not supposed to go to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he certainly was not supposed to stay in Oklahoma City after the Thunder traded for him.

Paul averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 assists last season with the Rockets, who went 65-17 led by Paul and newly minted NBA MVP James Harden.

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The Rockets, who had the best record in the National Basketball Association last season at 65-17, lost to eventual champion Golden State in seven games in the Western Conference final, with Paul out with an injury the past two games. Coming out the same day as the party was The New York Times' Marc Stein reporting that George is "strongly considering" a two or three-year deal with the Thunder.

Once they have developed a little more chemistry and consistency, the Thunder could be one of the best teams in the Western Conference. One of the main reasons why is contending for a championship.

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George, who went to high school in Palmdale, in Los Angeles County, and attended college at Fresno State, has always been rumored to be interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers, perhaps going there with another free agent such as LeBron James.

While ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski believes it is "very likely" that Cousins will sign a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, there is still reason to believe Los Angeles could be a more appealing destination.

For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him.

Then there's Carmelo Anthony, who chose to make $27.9 million in the final season of his contract rather than test free agency.

Mixed emotions over having LeBron James on my favorite team? Instead, James became the latest superstar to don the familiar purple-and-gold uniform, following the likes of Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.

James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla, and hopped aboard a private Gulfstream jet in the morning to fly to the Los Angeles area. Finally an unheralded player is getting the proper tender, love, and care he deserves. "I wanted to come here a year ago prior to going to OKC".

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