Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Paul George committed a mistake by staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George committed a mistake by staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder

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

If George opts to do this, the full scope of his commitment to Oklahoma City could end up being for seven years and almost $300 million. The only question about George's new deal was how long it would be for, with most anticipating a two or three-year deal with a player option for the final year.

George will be an unrestricted free agent at midnight ET after declining his player option on Thursday. "I'm here to stay", he said in the video, where he was standing next to Thunder team-mate Russell Westbrook. Even in the days before that trade, George was telling friends he eventually would wind up with the Lakers. Taking a three-year deal, this is basically him giving a giant hug to Oklahoma City. 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.

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The all-star small forward would have been a great free-agent addition for the Sixers. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds off the bench last season, seeing his playing time increase in the playoffs versus Utah. Leonard is said to want to join the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

By sticking around, though, George ensured the Thunder will remain relevant for the foreseeable future.

Much like the Lakers, the Sixers lack postseason experience and James would be surrounded by players who have barely tasted the postseason. Maxing out George will push the Thunder far over the luxury-tax line if they re-sign key reserve Jerami Grant. The possibility of LeBron James joining the Lakers this offseason had been a topic of speculation for more than a year, but it's one thing to think it might happen and quite another to experience the actual moment of confirmation.

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More to the point, LeBron must love him and he'll take a one-year deal.

But if James is going to be the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers, it's already fairly evident that not everyone in the National Basketball Association will be thrilled by the development. The Black Mamba also offered a "well done!" to the Lakers' front office, including Johnson, who took over previous year as president of basketball operations and had recently said he should be fired if he didn't land the team a superstar or two over the next couple of summers. Basically, unless you're the Lakers, Pacers, Kings, Mavericks, Bulls or Hawks, you've probably got to set your sights a little lower on the totem pole.

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Together with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love , James lifted the Cavaliers into the 2015 NBA Finals, where they lost to Golden State. The basketball star was also welcomed to LA Lakers by star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Twitter , who plays for LA Galaxy.

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