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National Basketball Association free agency rumors: Paul George will not opt in with Thunder

Sidney Guerrero | 01 July, 2018, 23:46

Grant was part of an enormous evening for Oklahoma City, which also reportedly agreed to a new contract with Paul George, who was one of the most coveted free agents in the National Basketball Association.

By sticking around, though, George ensured the Thunder will remain relevant for the foreseeable future.

George has the option of signing a short deal with OKC or sign a five-year max contract paying him roughly $176 million. Alex Abrines ($5.5 million in the final season of his contract) and Patrick Patterson ($5.5 million, with a $5.7 million player option for 2019-20) could be replaced more cheaply in free agency, but both played regular minutes last season and Patterson in particular may be hard to trade without giving up draft-pick compensation. Most national analysts expected him to be a victim of the high cost of Oklahoma City's roster.

While the reason for the party wasn't clear, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski pointed to something else going on in Oklahoma City on Friday.

He added that "OKC officials, George and his agent are meeting tonight", referring to Saturday night. He also shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range and dished out 3.3 assists per contest.

Protesters march against Trump's immigration policy
Tweeting from New Jersey on Saturday, Trump urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit". "Next it will be all police". The " Families Belong Together - Freedom for Immigrants March" was among more than 700 protests held nationwide Saturday.

The 28-year-old had been reported as considering joining his home town Los Angeles Lakers. Maxing out George will push the Thunder far over the luxury-tax line if they re-sign key reserve Jerami Grant. George holds a player option for the fourth season, the report says.

Case in point was George's last game, in which Westbrook scored 46 points and George finished with just five points on two-of-16 shooting.

He arrived via trade with the Philadelphia 76ers in November 2016 in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova and a 2020 top-20 protected first-round pick.

Grant left Syracuse after his sophomore season and was picked in the second round (39th overall) in 2014.

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