Paul George Re-Signs With Oklahoma City Thunder And Lakers Lose Out

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Last summer, it was widely reported that Paul George was interested in signing with the Lakers when free agency hit this year.

Westbrook left his vacation early to host the party, and with so many people related to the Thunder there, it sure gives the impression we'll be seeing George re-up with OKC on a new contract. George was in the final year of his deal and publicly stated he wanted to play in Los Angeles for the Lakers.

Optimism that the Thunder would be able to sign him and Paul George was low, but OKC made it work.

George will be an unrestricted free agent at midnight ET after declining his player option on Thursday.

The 76ers were interested in pursuing the five-time National Basketball Association all-star to play alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, according to sources.

The Thunder's current salary for next season stands at $156 million, which is $32 million over the tax line.

This is definitely the biggest indication that the 28-year-old is likely to stay with the Thunder next season. 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. While attending the party, George appeared to have announced his commitment to re-sign to those in attendance.

Grant has averaged 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 159 games with Oklahoma City.

"When I first fell in love with the game and I'm outside playing in front of the house, I'm not picturing myself in an in jersey or picturing myself in a Thunder jersey", said George, who played his first seven seasons for the Pacers.

The Thunder finished last season with a 48-34 record and earned the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

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