Paul George commits to re-sign with Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George

That would be LeBron James, who flew into Los Angeles, met with Lakers ownership and suddenly became the darling in the City of Angels when he signed a four-year deal worth $153.3 million.

However George was traded to Oklahoma City a year ago, where he developed a strong bond with Russell Westbrook. His sports management agency, Klutch, said he had agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract in a tweet that broke the news.

Durant has chose to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal can not become official until the league's offseason moratorium ends on Friday. George opted out of his $20.7 million salary with Oklahoma City for the 2018-19, making him an unrestricted free agent. Even in the days before that trade, George was telling friends he eventually would wind up with the Lakers.

According to a report from ESPN's Royce Young, George is flying into Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon. Anthony has a no-trade clause, but a trade that could precede a buyout to play elsewhere next season could be a move Anthony would welcome.

Unlike his two previous forays in free agency, James did not drag out his decision and made the announcement less than 24 hours after National Basketball Association free agency opened.

But Lakers fans were not happy with George's snub. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds off the bench last season, seeing his playing time increase in the playoffs versus Utah.

In other words, it's more like James came alone ... knowing the Lakers are in prime position to get another major star in a year.

The possibility of Paul George teaming up with LeBron James is no more.

Yet, to remain competitive moving forward, they had to pay George and they had to pay him now.

George's return to OKC is a monumental moment for the Thunder. George took the stage at that party, grabbed a microphone and delivered four words that shocked many. He walked away from $220 million in IN to have the chance to go to L.A. He didn't even give the Lakers a meeting, and the thing about it was, if you're going to take a multi-year deal, you'd want to take a two-year deal. It's a one-year rental. If the buyout does indeed happen, the Lakers might be able to get him for cheap.

He can win championships with the team in the next three years and lauded, but as many die-hard Lakers fans (my hand's up) will tell you, he's not Magic Johnson or Kobe Bryant, career-long Lakers who each won five titles with the franchise.

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