July 1st has arrived, and Thunder fans don’t have to wait for the release of a documentary or a PR-vetted Player’s Tribune piece. Paul George, one of the most coveted free agents in this NBA offseason, will be returning to OKC.
Paul George has committed to sign a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Well, there it is.
The deal is reportedly for 4 years and worth $137 million, with a player’s option on the 4th year.
PG released via instagram at Russell Westbrook’s hype party his intentions.
George has often cited Westbrook and the team’s culture as the biggest allure to remaining in OKC and eschewing his home town of LA.
From Royce Young:
The Thunder have been in communication with George since the end of the season and remained in contact with him throughout the past week. The signs and momentum for George staying had been building throughout the season, hinging largely on his trust of Thunder general manager Sam Presti and his strong relationship with Westbrook. George talked often about “building” with the Thunder, referencing his enjoyment of playing with Westbrook.
”Russ is the reason why this decision is becoming even more easier to make, is the character Russ [has],” George told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in February. “A stand-up guy, and he has his teammate’s back.”
(Sherman) Sometimes trolling even makes me smile: