According to a report from ESPN's Royce Young, George is flying into Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon.
Of course, for numerous big names, free agency will mostly be a formality as they promptly re-sign with their current teams.
George will be an unrestricted free agent at midnight ET after declining his player option on Thursday. The Lakers have open spaces and they headline almost every conversation that goes along the lines of LeBron James and or Paul George. In his 15-year National Basketball Association career, the All-Star forward averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on 44.9 percent shooting from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc.
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Paul George isn't the only person returning to Oklahoma City.
George also considered playing for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. But it worked, on the court and off, and that bond is necessary if the Thunder are going to challenge Golden State and Houston for Western Conference supremacy anytime soon. The one exception would be waiving Kyle Singler and stretching the remaining $5 million guaranteed on his contract over the next five seasons, reducing his cap hit to a little less than $1 million. Leonard's desire to go to the Lakers is driven, in part, by an appreciation of home, but it is also fueled by his agents, who want to maximize Leonard's exposure, especially before his contract with the Jordan Brand is up at the end of September.
Sixers eyeing potential to sign Jamal Crawford
According to a new report, Kawhi Leonard's San Antonio Spurs fate was sealed in his own mind as early as March. Redick, the Sixers' starting shooting guard, gets his second consecutive one-year contract.
The tweet read, "LeBron James, four time NBA MVP, three time NBA finals MVP, fourteen time NBA All Star, and two time Olympic gold medalist has agreed to a four year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers". In his second time with the Cavaliers, he signed one-year deals, always leaving the option open to come back, which he did three times.
"I 100 percent appreciate Laker Nation for wanting me to come back home", George said during the ESPN series following him during free agency (h/t Warriors Outsiders' Drew Shiller). There is concern for any front office looking into Leonard that he might hold a grudge against a team that trades for him, unless that team is the Lakers.
In 2014, the Bulls were very interested in acquiring Melo during free agency and were considered to be top suitors to do so, but Anthony made a decision to re-sign and stay home in NY. After all, he let the whole city of Los Angeles down.
For Dallas, persistence paid off.
The Denver Nuggets added to the huge night of spending out West when it got Will Barton to commit to staying in what will be a four-year deal that could be worth more than $50 million if he doesn't opt out a year early, and that move comes on the cusp of the Nuggets getting talented big man Nikola Jokic to stay in what will be a five-year deal worth almost $150 million. Finally an unheralded player is getting the proper tender, love, and care he deserves.
There are two ways you and I can make $38 million a year.