Paul George Informs Thunder He Will Become Free Agent

Paul George Informs Thunder He Will Become Free Agent

Paul George Informs Thunder He Will Become Free Agent

He is eligible to sign a five-year, $176 million contract extension if he re-signs with Oklahoma City.

ESPN aired Part 1 of a three-part documentary series entitled "Paul George: My Journey" on Tuesday, and in it George made it clear that he intends to opt out of the final year of his contract.

If George does opt out and test the free-agent waters, he says he will be both overwhelmed by and looking forward to that free agency experience.

The likelihood George would be participating in this just to announce his return to OKC is slim and Lakers fans should see this as a positive sign. For one, he'll likely now sign a max contract, with the Thunder having the option to bring him back on a massive deal.

However, the site says that George is "seriously interested in returning to the Thunder in free agency". Added he likes Sam Presti, Billy Donovan, and playing with Russell Westbrook.

"I hope I make the majority of the people happy", George says.

Many around the league-including Chris Paul, apparently-think LeBron is headed to the purple and gold. "A lot is playing into this, so it's a bit overwhelming".

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George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder and was named a third-team All-NBA performer.

George was set to make $20.7 million next season had he opted in, and could make more on a new deal this summer.

"They honestly check the boxes where I needed those boxes to be checked from what a player wants and needs out of a front office, out of a medical group, out of teammates, out of a coaching staff", George said on April 28.

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