For nearly two years now, National Basketball Association fans have assumed that superstar Paul George, when he became a free agent in 2018, would leave whichever franchise he was playing for to sign with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.
Paul George is headed back to Oklahoma City.
Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on November 7, 2017 in Sacramento, California.
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George also considered playing for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.
George committed to remain with the Thunder, according to multiple media reports.
By not signing a contract that would allow him to opt out after two seasons, when George would reach 10 years of service time, he bypassed the opportunity to see a significant increase in salary. The hope in Oklahoma City is that this year, they'll mesh together and become a significant threat in the National Basketball Association. Around the league, though, there is skepticism about Oklahoma City's willingness to go quite to this extreme. Anthony will be completely overpaid, but at least the Thunder will be able to field a compelling team.
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Looming over all of these decisions is a crucial question: Just how good does Oklahoma City project to be in 2018-19 after re-signing George?
He broke out in his third season with the Pacers, averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists while helping the Pacers become one of the best defenses in the association.
The Thunder finished last season with a 48-34 record and earned the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
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