Will Paul George make Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder title contenders?

Will Paul George make Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder title contenders?

Paul George may have been born and raised in the Los Angeles area, but he may be staying in Oklahoma City for quite some time.

Paul George announced his intent to re-sign at a party hosted by his teammate Russell Westbrook. Neil deGrasse Tyson couldn't find a universe in which George worth an average of $34.25 million a year.

Of course, for numerous big names, free agency will mostly be a formality as they promptly re-sign with their current teams.

Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul all made quick decisions to stay put and remain in the Western Conference.

Indeed, what we saw from Leonard in the past year, as his mysterious quad injury torpedoed his season and dragged the Spurs organization down with it, was a player who came off as stubborn and hard-headed. It is indeed a wise move for the 34-year-old small forward since no National Basketball Association team is expected to pay him $27.9 million as an unrestricted free agent.

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Japan failed to impress in their qualifying campaign, winning a weak group but dropping ten points in the process. However, he refused to look past Japan towards a potential quarter-final against Mexico or Brazil.

George was the second-leading scorer on the team and he was the best player they had in terms of two-way play. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds off the bench last season, seeing his playing time increase in the playoffs versus Utah.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer and ESPN reported representatives of James and the Philadelphia 76ers had a Sunday session scheduled in Los Angeles. Presti's decision to trade for George last summer was one final - and many felt futile - attempt to return the Thunder to those heights once again. He had expressed interest in the Lakers for an entire season, however he didn't even give them a chance to speak with him. According to Lawrence George of Fansided's Thunderous Intentions, the Thunder could try offering Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets. George took the stage at that party, grabbed a microphone and delivered four words that shocked many. The more versatile your players are, the more flexibility you have to do the things that you want to do on both ends of the floor.

After an entire year of speculation regarding whether or not star forward Paul George would join the Los Angeles Lakers, the talks have ended.

Of course, with King James crossing over to the Western Conference nearly a decade later, it's a amusing twist to a tweet that also holds some "burn" considering that the 6-foot-10 Warrior never stuck to one team himself.

The game's biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team - run by Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson - that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding.

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