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.
During one of Oklahoma City's trips to Los Angeles, Westbrook was asked if he felt that the season was a sales pitch to George.
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Any other team could only offer George the maximum over a four-year period, meaning he could risk losing out on $46m in guaranteed cash later down the line.
Oklahoma City finished with 48 victories and the Western Conference's 4th seed but were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in 6 games in the first round of the playoffs.
Keeping Grant on a $9 million annual salary could cost the Thunder an additional $40 million in luxury tax. The Oklahoma City point guard is really excited about his teammate entering free agency.
George declined his player option last week to become an unrestricted free agent, but didn't take long to make a decision.
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Unfortunately they are injured. "Clearly we expected this to be a long tournament for us, we expected to be here for a lot longer. Elsewhere, Mexico fans carried South Korean fans aloft through Mexico City's main square in a victory march after the result.
Where is Paul George most likely to play next season? Anthony will be completely overpaid, but at least the Thunder will be able to field a compelling team.
Chris Paul, meanwhile, was traded in exchange for 8 players by the Clippers last summer after he opted into the final year of his 5-year, $107-million deal with them. In a league based on efficiency, George simply is not worth the money Oklahoma City is paying him.
George, who played the first seven seasons of his eight-year career with the Pacers, averaged 21.9 points per game in 79 games last season, above his career average of 18.6.
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