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All-Star forward Paul George has committed to a contract and will return to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report from ESPN.
George’s new contract is for four years and $137 million, per ESPN, with a player option on the third year.
George had been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers since the end of last season, when he was a member of the Indiana Pacers. But after a year developing a bond with Russell Westbrook, George has decided to return to OKC.
“Before his trade (to OKC from Indiana), George had told the Pacers that he planned to sign with the Lakers in free agency this summer,” ESPN reported. “Nevertheless, Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti, coach Billy Donovan and Westbrook made a strong case on a future with the Thunder and moved the franchise into contention with the Lakers.”
George, 28, averaged 21.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 79 regular-season games last season.
AmicoHoops will have more on this story as it develops.