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What Lakers will try to do now after Le Bron James coup

What Lakers will try to do now after Le Bron James coup

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, George signed a four-year maximum contract worth $137 million to stay in Oklahoma City, including a player option in the fourth year.

"UNFINISHED BUSINESS", Paul wrote on Twitter at the exact moment that the calendar flipped to July 1 in the East, meaning the NBA's free agency frenzy was officially open for the summer. George will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday.

The Lakers could persuade James to agree to a deal of up to $153 million over four years (though most expect him to sign a two-year with an opt-out), with their youthful roster largely intact for 2018-19.

George's return, considered a huge long shot when the Thunder acquired him from the Indiana Pacers this time a year ago, creates what can safely be categorized as good problems for Oklahoma City.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a career-best 2.0 steals this past season with the Thunder. George, from Palmdale, posted a photo of himself and Westbrook celebrating with cigars at the party.

National Basketball Association free agency began in disappointing fashion for the Los Angeles Lakers as they didn't so much as receive a meeting with hometown product Paul George before he chose to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the max four years and $137 million.

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He didn't make his first birdie until the 14th hole - a 3-footer after almost driving the green. Leishman's round included a monster downhill birdie putt on the par-3 third hold.

The 28-year-old had been reported as considering joining his home town Los Angeles Lakers.

Now it will be interesting to see if the Lakers can swing a deal with the Spurs for on-the-block star wing Kawhi Leonard after missing out on Paul George. "Deal includes a player option".

He flew to Los Angeles on Saturday, creating a frenzy without saying a word.

Oklahoma City is over the salary cap and well into the luxury tax.

Role players who are entering free agency hoping for a nice payday are likely to be disappointed as teams try to keep their powder dry for next summer's class.

Many teams out west don't seem to feel the fear of the Golden State Warriors. Former UCLA hoopster Trevor Ariza also left his Houston Rockets for the Phoenix Suns, signing a one year deal. That's hard to say, but signing George is announcing OKC's explicit intention to do so.

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