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Paul George explains why he chose to stay with Thunder

04 July, 2018, 08:05 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Paul George, long rumored to headed to the Los Angeles Lakers after being traded to Oklahoma City a year ago, decides to return to play with Russell Westbrook & Co.

George made the announcement at a private party in Oklahoma City hosted by Russell Westbrook.

Many Los Angeles Lakers fans are upset with Paul George for leading them to believe that he would sign with their team, and he is certainly not helping matters after the fact either.

The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive NBA Finals.

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"If y'all don't quite get it, let me say it again: I'm here to stay", George said as he reiterated his decision to play alongside Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, who earlier exercised the $27.9 million player option in his contract for next season.

Paul George won't come home.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.

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Under NBA rules, contracts can not be finalized until Friday but news about player plans began circulating quickly once the period for conversations began.

George declined his $20.7 option with the Thunder and entered will soon enter free agency, but that move was widely expected.

Kevin Durant is staying put for now. Opting out of his contract on Friday just hours before free agency started with Cleveland.

Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism. One of the main reasons why is contending for a championship. Even the Lakers, it could be argued, bought George's desire to join the team enough to resist trading for him, thinking he could be signed this summer.

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.

Paul George aims to win a ring with the Oklahoma City Thunder. George averaged just under 22 points a game with a solid 43 percent shooting percentage in the 2017-2018 season.

Philadelphia star Joel Embiid weighed in on Twitter saying, "The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team".

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that they turned down a chance to sign DeMarcus Cousins for cheap.

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