ESPN's Brian Windhorst was in disbelief over Paul George's puzzling OKC contract

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George later posted a photo of himself with Westbook on Instagram with the caption "Unfinished Business" and the Thunder tweeted that general manager Sam Presti "intends" to sign George, a deal ESPN reported was worth $137 million over four years.

George forced his way out of IN previous year by telling the Pacers he planned to become a free agent this summer and sign with the Lakers.

The Thunder have 11 players under contract for 2018-19 now that they've agreed to deals with Paul George and Jerami Grant.

However, Anthony's stint in Oklahoma City may not last long, and rumors are now circulating that the Thunder may consider buying out his contract or trading him to another team.

In 79 regular season games with the Thunder past year, George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

As it became more and more evident George would remain in Oklahoma City, James, once viewed a long shot to bolt for Los Angeles, emerged as a likely option for the storied franchise. George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The Lakers have open spaces and they headline almost every conversation that goes along the lines of LeBron James and or Paul George.

LeBron James: Basketball star agrees to join Los Angeles Lakers
Despite an early stumbling block in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers still have their eyes on the biggest prize, LeBron James . DeMarcus Cousins is the only remaining player selected to the 2018 All-Star team that's available in free agency.

Day 1 of National Basketball Association free agency was not lacking for fireworks or firepower, led by James' decision to leave Cleveland for a second time and join the Los Angeles Lakers.

With the San Antonio Spurs appearing patient in their dealings with Kawhi Leonard, James may wait to see if Paul George heads west first before taking the plunge.

LA will still be there in three or four years, if he wants to still play there. Oklahoma City acquired him last summer via trade from the Indiana Pacers.

After opting out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, it seems all but certain the centre will be plying his trade elsewhere next season.

The biggest names on the free agent market are signed.

As expected, Golden State Warriors forward and two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant re-signed with the Bay Area team, inking a two-year, $61.5 million deal.

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