It's worth noting that the Felton signing pushing the Thunder's payroll into historic territory - more than $300 million in salary and luxury tax, as now constructed, my colleague Adrian Wojnarowski notes - isn't an argument against the move.
Payroll and tax concerns aside, the Thunder are going to get Felton back at a good price.
The Thunder desperately need to do this, because Raymond Felton's new contract has pushed the Thunder's combined spending over $300 million.
The former All-Star forward is no longer a $27.9 million player, despite being paid that much.
PG13's short-term and long-term goals have been changed over the past 12 months by the impact which the Thunder franchise and fan base has had on him since his arrival in Oklahoma last summer.
The trade that George is referring to is the one that took place in the summer of 2017.
Tony Parker says he has no problem with Kawhi Leonard
But while Leonard's departure is merely a rumor at this point, the Spurs did lose a San Antonio legend Friday. Last season saw Parker relegated to a smaller role, however, as he only started 21 of the 55 games he played.
Including the $150 million National Basketball Association salary ceiling, the OKC will walk out for the start of the season with a combined value of $300m in an unmitigated disaster.
According to reports, the OKC can save $116 million in luxury tax payments by buying out Anthony's deal and then stretching the rest of his $2018-19 salary across multiple years, by allowing him to leave.
However, the Thunder have a way to potentially save hundreds of millions on his contract. That's...quite a lot.
In the third and final episode, which dropped Tuesday, George explains his thought process in choosing the Thunder over the Lakers.
The hope was that with Magic Johnson's charisma, a young roster full of talent, and plenty of cash to spend, the Lakers would be able to land a pair of stars lie Paul George and LeBron James.