Paul George agreed to re-sign in Oklahoma City on the first night of free agency in what would've been a stunning decision months ago, but was the expected outcome after recent reports all pointed to him remaining with the Thunder.
As OKC general manager Sam Presti noted in his draft news conference, Thunder officials have been in communication with George and his representatives since the end of the season.
George made the announcement that he would be staying with the Thunder at a house party in Oklahoma City, hosted by his teammate Russell Westbrook. His re-signing is a clear message to George and All-Star guard Russell Westbrook about ownership's willingness to possibly host the largest payroll in National Basketball Association history. There would be nothing more awkward than getting everybody together for this, have it all leak to the media and then leave without George signed. This has already seen them agree to a three-year, $27 million deal to bring back veteran forward Jerami Grant.
"If you wanted to stay in Oklahoma City, you're guaranteed nearly $176 million over five years", Mintz said.
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Keeping Grant on a $9 million annual salary could cost the Thunder an additional $40 million in luxury tax. Around the league, though, there is skepticism about Oklahoma City's willingness to go quite to this extreme.
This is definitely the biggest indication that the 28-year-old is likely to stay with the Thunder next season. Oklahoma City could face the largest tax bill in National Basketball Association history, according to ESPN.
The Clippers also will soon meet with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who played for the Lakers last season, an executive said. Now, it appears as though George opted to sign a long-term deal with the organization.
He averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds off the bench last season, seeing his playing time increase in the playoffs versus Utah.