Free Agent Paul George has verbally committed to re-signing with the Oklahoma City.
It’s far believed within the Thunder’s organization George was committed to staying at Oklahoma City beyond the 2017-18 season. This gave Oklahoma City the ability to ride out an injury and understanding Carmelo Anthony’s contract would have to be moved. There’s a reason why Presti spoke about the Big Three (Adams, Russ, PG) when talking in his exit interview.
About 11 p.m. local time, George got on stage with Russell Westbrook as his hype man and told everyone he was staying.
Paul George fits Oklahoma City like a glove, from personality to play. George might not be KD. What he is though, is a quality person and player that will help the Thunder finally get out of the first round and hopefully back to the finals.
George is hitting the prime of his career. He’s 28 and him and Westbrook are one of the NBA’s best 1-2 punches in the NBA.
Last season, George averaged 21.9 points on 43.0 percent shooting plus 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. George’s percentages were up across the board, including a career high of 40.1 percent from deep.
George joined the Oklahoma City Thunder last season after seven years with the Indiana Pacers before Oklahoma City traded for him one year ago today. Oklahoma City traded for George a year ago, knowing full well that he could opt out and head to Los Angeles. The big risk, big reward of Presti’s decision has paid off George has committed to staying at Oklahoma City.
Adrian Wojnarwoski reported George will sign for a four-year $137 million. The fourth year will be a player option.
George gets the security he wanted. Sure, playing in LA would’ve been fun. However, when you have the type of injury he did. Security means something. Now, he has to go out and prove he’s worth every penny the Thunder just paid him.