Paul George agrees to max contract with Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George agrees to max contract with Oklahoma City Thunder

George is believed to have given consideration to the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Thunder.

He averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds off the bench last season, seeing his playing time increase in the playoffs versus Utah.

George informed the Thunder on Thursday that he plans to opt out of his contract, and will test the free-agent market.

The deal covers four years, including a player option, and will pay George roughly $137 million over the life of the contract.

George was a third of the "OK3" combo the Thunder created past year alongside Westbrook and former all star Carmelo Anthony.

According to a KOCO 5 News report in Oklahoma City, the National Basketball Association star chose to stay with the Thunder for another season.

"At the end of the day, that's all I want to do, I want to be a champion", he told Dwyane Wade in a conversation as part of an exclusive ESPN series on George's free agency.

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For the Thunder, they'll not only be making money with the duo of Westbrook and George, they'll be spending it. George and Westbrook will cost over $30 million each.

"They honestly check the boxes where I needed those boxes to be checked from what a player wants and needs out of a front office, out of a medical group, out of teammates, out of coaching staff".

Paul George was scheduled to announce his decision via a 3-part televised Sportscenter segment, much like Chris Paul did a year ago.

George said then that he didn't yet know what he would do. The Pacers instead traded him to the Thunder for a package that included Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

That's music to the ears of Lakers fans hoping George will help bring them another championship.

Meanwhile, DeAndre Jordan, who opted out of a $24.1 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, agreed to a similar deal for a little less money to play for the Dallas Mavericks, according to an National Basketball Association official not authorized to speak publicly. Consequentially, signing with the Thunder was not unexpected in this light, although Magic Johnson's confident statement that he would step down by next summer if he isn't able to attract free agents to Lakertown were an indication that he could, perhaps, have a trick or two up his sleeve right this summer. Bradley played just six games for the Clippers last season after he was acquired from Detroit in the Blake Griffin trade.

The Clippers also will soon meet with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who played for the Lakers last season, an executive said.

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