Paul George is returning to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 28-year-old forward has committed to signing a new contract with Oklahoma City, according to a report from ESPN.
Paul George has agreed to a four-year, $137M max contract with the Thunder, league source tells ESPN. Deal includes a player option.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
George and Thunder star Russell Westbrook have developed a close friendship, according to the New York Times.
I think what we've really underestimated is the partnership Paul George and Russell Westbrook have built. "This is a friendship decision to stay in OKC as much as anything," one rival executive tells me- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2018
Westbrook is threw a party to celebrate George's decision and the returning all-star told the crowd on hand he's "here to stay." He also added "we can bring it home."
Paul George: "I'm here to stay." pic.twitter.com/gfPB67sfwx- Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) July 1, 2018
I'm being told Paul George is on stage with Russell Westbrook at the party. "I'm here to stay," George said. "We can bring it home."- Royce Young (@royceyoung) July 1, 2018
George averaged 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 2017-18, his first with the Thunder. He also shot 40.1 percent from 3-point range and dished out 3.3 assists per contest.
George, a five-time All-Star, was originally selected by the Pacers with the 10th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He spent seven seasons in Indiana before he was traded to Oklahoma City in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in July 2017.
George had been considering signing with the Lakers this offseason, according to multiple reports.
Carmelo Anthony opted into the final year of his contract with the Thunder earlier this month, according to multiple reports. He finished 2017-18 averaging a career-low 16.2 points and struggled playing alongside George and Westbrook.
The Thunder finished last season with a 48-34 record and earned the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Oklahoma City fell to the Jazz in six games in the first round.
All signings will not be official until the end of the NBA moratorium period on 6 July.