Paul George agrees to max contract with Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George will reportedly opt out of his contract and become a free agent

Several teams, including Philadelphia and Houston, are interested in pursuing George too, league sources said.

George also garnered all-defensive first-team honors in 2014.

George played last season with the Thunder, averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. While the possibility remains that he could now sign a max contract with the Thunder, he has also been linked to his hometown team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

George, who was among the most sought after players in the current free agency, has agreed to a new four-year deal with Oklahoma City according to multiple local media reports. For his career between IN and Oklahoma City, he's averaged 18.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while connecting on 38 percent of his tries from 3-point range.

Russell Westbrook was part of winning George over, and threw a big party at his house tonight - 500 guests and NAS performing - to celebrate it all. George talked often about "building" with the Thunder, referencing his enjoyment of playing with Westbrook.

A last option would be a buyout for Anthony, who might be willing to give up some money to sign with another team if it becomes clear his role in Oklahoma City will diminish next season.




Will Carmelo Anthony's opt-in decision affect what Paul George does next in OKC? The Thunder spent the year recruiting George to sign up long-term, beginning with fans welcoming him at the airport and a welcome party organized a day after.

Days ago, Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony reportedly opted into his deal with OKC for next season.

George was better in the playoffs, averaging 24.7 points on 41.8 minutes per game.

"I want to be a champion", George told Wade as the two sipped wine in Los Angeles.

People a lot smarter than me are going to break this whole mess down more thoroughly over the next week.

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