Monday, 19 November, 2018

Party in OKC: George stays put

Watch Paul George announce he's staying in OKC on stage with Russell Westbrook Watch Paul George announce he's staying in OKC on stage with Russell Westbrook
| 01 July, 2018, 10:17

The latest in free agency news is that Paul George won't be leaving behind the Oklahoma City Thunder squad this year.

Paul George is headed back to Oklahoma City.

However, George told fans while on stage with fellow all-star Russell Westbrook at a party thrown in his honour in Oklahoma City that isn't the case.

TheHoopCentral tweeted a video of George, standing next to Westbrook, announcing, "If y'all didn't quite get it, let me say it again: I'm here to stay". When trading for George the assumption was that he would walk away after a year and go sign in Los Angeles with the Lakers.

It was reported just before midnight on the East coast that George has agreed to re-sign with the Thunder.

By not signing a contract that would allow him to opt out after two seasons, when George would reach 10 years of service time, he bypassed the opportunity to see a significant increase in salary.


George forced his way out of IN previous year by telling the Pacers he planned to become a free agent this summer and sign with the Lakers.

Without even taking a meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Palmdale native committed to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly. But considering the Thunder would be well north of $25 million over the luxury tax line in that scenario, that would take Oklahoma City's combined payroll and luxury taxes up to roughly $255 million.

Beyond that, the Thunder would likely have to trade rotation players to save money next season. The deal reportedly carries a player option on the final season.

The success of the Thunder's starting five last season has been a point in favor of Anthony's value to the team.

George averaged 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals during his seven seasons in Indiana.

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