Grant agrees to three-year deal with Thunder

Grant agrees to three-year deal with Thunder

Grant agrees to three-year deal with Thunder

Sorry Lakers fans, but Paul George has unfinished business in Oklahoma City.

This summer, George can sign a five-year, $176 million extension with OKC, Wojnarowski reports, or he could do a "one-plus one" deal and return to free agency next summer.

George was connected to the Los Angeles Lakers for more than a year, but it appears as though he will commit to the Thunder without even taking a meeting with his hometown team.

"I'm here to stay", George said at the house party, to raucous applause.

"At the end of the day, that's what I want to do".

The Lakers remain a favorite to sign George. Oklahoma City acquired him last summer via trade from the Indiana Pacers.

The Lakers are also a contender to land George in unrestricted free agency.

George is a five-time All-Star who just turned 28. He is one of three major National Basketball Association stars - along with Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James - who are rumored to be looking at a jump to the Lakers.

ESPN's Bobby Marks reported on Saturday night that the 11 players under contract would cost the Thunder $156 million in salary and $130 million in taxes, which would be the highest tax bill in National Basketball Association history.

The season didn't go as planned, however, as Anthony underachieved and Westbrook had to carry the team on his back for many games. One way the Thunder can avoid this tax hit is by moving on from the 34-year-old, who is set to make $27,928,140 next season after opting into his contract.

With George staying in OKC, the pressure to trade for Kawhi Leonard just hit critical mass.

The Thunder will soon find out if that's enough to keep him.

George averaged 21.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds last season for the Thunder as they were eliminated in the first round of the play-offs. Playing with Westbrook, George enjoyed one of his best 3-point shooting seasons to date, hitting the highest total of his career on 40.1 percent shooting.

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