Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Russell Westbrook shares clip celebrating Paul George’s decision

Russell Westbrook shares clip celebrating Paul George’s decision

The Sixers can cross one free agent off their wish list.

During one of Oklahoma City's trips to Los Angeles, Westbrook was asked if he felt that the season was a sales pitch to George. All day we've seen the talk of PG going to Russell Westbrook's party with OKC's front office in attendance, so it wasn't smoke and mirrors.

George, who went to high school in Palmdale, in Los Angeles County, and attended college at Fresno State, has always been rumored to be interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers, perhaps going there with another free agent such as LeBron James.

Optimism that the Thunder would be able to sign him and Paul George was low, but OKC made it work. Oklahoma City would then pay a luxury-tax bill of more than $145 million - easily surpassing the previous record of $90-plus million for the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets and bringing total payroll beyond $300 million. Oklahoma City fell to the Jazz in six games in the first round.

But details soon emerged about George's new deal with the 28-year-old reportedly agreeing to a four-year deal, with a player option in the third year, for $137m.

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Last year, Oklahoma City traded for PG13 when the free agency period began. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be leaving the Thunder per se, but it does make it seem like the Lakers are a more likely fit for him in the 2018-19 season and beyond.

Chris Paul, meanwhile, was traded in exchange for 8 players by the Clippers last summer after he opted into the final year of his 5-year, $107-million deal with them.

Not only did George commit longterm to Oklahoma City, he didn't even give the Lakers a meeting this offseason.

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

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