Paul George Agrees to $137 Million Contract with Oklahoma City Thunder ⚡️

LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears

The Thunder forward has reportedly agreed to sign a massive 4-year, $137 million contract once the free agent moratorium is over on July 6. Also he's been much more efficient with past year being a career high in field goal percentage (54%).

However George was traded to Oklahoma City a year ago, where he developed a strong bond with Russell Westbrook.

About 80 percent of the National Basketball Association is projected to be above next season's salary cap, according to RealGM, which means there aren't many realistic competitors for potentially high-priced free agents like LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins.

While ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski believes it is "very likely" that Cousins will sign a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, there is still reason to believe Los Angeles could be a more appealing destination. Last season, George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 79 games.

LeBron James is also looking for a new home next year.

In 2014, the Bulls were very interested in acquiring Melo during free agency and were considered to be top suitors to do so, but Anthony made a decision to re-sign and stay home in NY.

James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla, and hopped aboard a private Gulfstream jet in the morning to fly to the Los Angeles area.

The 27-year-old is coming off a 2017-18 season cut short by a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered January 26 in a game against the Rockets. Barring an extension, which is possible, he could exercise his option to become a free agent again in the summer of 2021 - and even then he'll just be 31.




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Privately, Thunder executives have said going all the way back to the start of last season that they were prepared to spend heavily this season if they had to.

LA will still be there in three or four years, if he wants to still play there.

The 76ers met with James' representatives Sunday, obviously to no avail.

Orlando recently re-signed the high-flying Aaron Gordon to a four year, $84 million contract, and have made him the face of the franchise.

With that said, here's a look at the biggest free agents whose immediate future isn't so predictable. Instead of being "just" a role player this contract could put Grant in the starting lineup (depending on how the rest of free agency pans out). Of course, it remains to be seen whether any of Ball, Kuzma or Hart winds up getting traded to the Spurs in a package for Kawhi Leonard, the kind of established star who might better help James make a ninth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

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