Paul George commits to re-sign with OKC Thunder
NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2018 02:38 PM
FILE - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 11: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 11, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Paul George was considered one of the most talented and unpredictable free agents of 2018. Despite Oklahoma City's first-round exit in the playoffs, however, the five-time All-Star has committed to returning to the Thunder.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, George will re-sign with the team on a four-year, $137 million deal.
Paul George has committed to sign a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
The Thunder's odds of keeping George appeared strengthened on Saturday when ESPN.com's Royce Young reported superstar guard Russell Westbrook would host a "summer hype house party" in Oklahoma City on Saturday night with George having just arrived in town. While attending the party, George appeared to have announced his commitment to re-sign to those in attendance.
You heard it here first. pic.twitter.com/jN6gBn6j1Z— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) July 1, 2018
Sam Presti: The Thunder intends to enter into a player contract with Paul George.— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 1, 2018
As for George's other options, the call of home ultimately was not strong to the California native. The Lakers were one of the teams most often linked to George, especially in conjunction with fellow free agents LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.