Lakers Dodged A Bullet Missing Out On Paul George

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George took the stage at a party in Oklahoma City on Saturday and announced he would be staying with the Thunder. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Everyone knew that LeBron didn't want to come alone ... so the Lakers seemed to be in peril of losing him when Paul George made a decision to re-sign with Oklahoma City.

The Thunder took a gamble last offseason in acquiring George from the Indiana Pacers with no assurances that he would stick around. It's way too early to give up on Noel as an impact rotation player, given that he finds the right situation.

Paul George was considered one of the most talented and unpredictable free agents of 2018. Congratulations to Sam Presti. When asked about his future, he raved about how much he liked being in Oklahoma City.

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LeBron James was on the market for 43 hours after opting out, long enough to shrug off the bad news and decide to come anyway, putting the Lakers back on the world they had fallen off. The Thunder had the odds stacked against them in holding onto George.

The Thunder needed a backup center to spell Steven Adams.

His father, Harvey, and uncle, Horace, both played in the National Basketball Association.

Kawhi Leonard has followed George's example in demanding a trade and letting it be known that he intends on being a Los Angeles Laker, either this summer or the next when he is an unrestricted free agent.

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It's unclear whether another team would be interested in such a deal, but for example Oklahoma City could deal Anthony to the Milwaukee Bucks for Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson and Tyler Zeller (whose 2018-19 salary would have to be guaranteed for the salaries to match). However, moving forward the core of the Thunder will be Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, and George. The Philadelphia 76ers certainly seem interested in trying to do so.

Of course, Anthony infamously told reporters at the end of last season that he would not entertain a role off of the bench.

Noel is an alley-oop waiting to happen and he can cut to the basket to get easy looks. That will likely apply to Kevin Durant, who is expected to stay with the Golden State Warriors, as well Chris Paul and Clint Capela, who were essential to the Houston Rockets coming within one win of the NBA Finals.

In his second season with Toronto, VanVleet, a restricted free agent, averaged 8.6 points and was a valuable backup to Kyle Lowry.

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