Paul George 'commits' to Thunder despite Lakers free agency interest - National Basketball Association insider

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

George made the announcement at a party in Oklahoma City, where he was filmed and the video uploaded to Twitter by users.

George's decision to stay with OKC isn't the end of the world for the Lakers, who are still interested in picking up LeBron James.

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If George, 28, sticks with that statement, it would be a huge blow to the Los Angeles Lakers, who have spent a year trying to lure the California native back to the state. Maxing out George will push the Thunder far over the luxury-tax line if they re-sign key reserve Jerami Grant. There would be nothing more awkward than getting everybody together for this, have it all leak to the media and then leave without George signed.

George declined his player option last week to become an unrestricted free agent, but didn't take long to make a decision.

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

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ESPN's Royce Young tweeted that Westbrook "left a family vacation in Hawaii to fly eight hours to Oklahoma City to host this party".

He arrived via trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in November 2016 in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova and a 2020 top-20 protected first-round pick. "If you did a two-plus-one with Oklahoma City and you stayed in Oklahoma City, you're eligible for a five-year max in two years and you hit the market [again] when you're 30-years-old rather than when you're 32".

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

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In 79 games, he averaged 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Thunder. The Rockets came within one game of the NBA Finals with him this season, before injury ruled him out of the last 2 games of the Western Conference Finals.

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