George smiled. Westbrook heard them and interrupted with a scowl, yelling, "Paul ain't going nowhere!" Despite Oklahoma City's first-round exit in the playoffs, however, the five-time All-Star has committed to returning to the Thunder.
For the Oklahoma City Thunder and their head coach Billy Donovan, the scheme on offense is using movement to put pressure on the defense.
There had been much speculation leading up to the decision that George had been leaning toward re-signing with the Thunder.
The Thunder's current salary for next season stands at $156 million, which is $32 million over the tax line.
Grant, 24, has become a vital young cog of the Thunder core, a young player that All-Star free agent Paul George has been enthusiastic about Oklahoma City keeping on its roster. The hope in Oklahoma City is that this year, they'll mesh together and become a significant threat in the National Basketball Association.
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Unless another team surpasses the Thunder this season (which is possible, given where the league's finances are going) that would easily make Oklahoma City the most expensive team in National Basketball Association history.
George will be an unrestricted free agent at midnight ET after declining his player option on Thursday.
Then there's Carmelo Anthony, who chose to make $27.9 million in the final season of his contract rather than test free agency. Anthony has a no-trade clause, but a trade that could precede a buyout to play elsewhere next season could be a move Anthony would welcome.
But you know what, it ain't my money.
Jerami Grant is remaining with the Thunder.
George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder.