Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Paul George agrees to max contract with Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George agrees to max contract with Oklahoma City Thunder

Grant, 24, has become a vital young cog of the Thunder core, a young player that All-Star free agent Paul George has been enthusiastic about Oklahoma City keeping on its roster.

Paul George aims to win a ring with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Wojnarowski tweeted that Thunder general manager Sam Presti wanted to meet with George in Oklahoma City, and "with a party that's one more element to the franchise's yearlong recruiting effort on George".

"This is a friendship decision to stay in OKC as much as anything", one rival executive said about the friendship between George and Westbrook. This is a party that members of the Thunder front office will reportedly attend and - who knows - possibly George himself.

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

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The Lakers seemed intent on landing two max players this summer, but they absolutely won by not landing George for $30-plus million a year. Oklahoma City fell to the Jazz in six games in the first round.

Keeping Grant on a $9 million annual salary could cost the Thunder an additional $40 million in luxury tax. Oklahoma City could face the largest tax bill in National Basketball Association history, according to ESPN.

This is definitely the biggest indication that the 28-year-old is likely to stay with the Thunder next season. Now, it appears as though George opted to sign a long-term deal with the organization.

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

That, plus hopefully getting Andre Roberson back healthy after he suffered a season-ending knee injury back in January, could put the Thunder in position to be a significant factor again in the Western Conference.

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