Russell Westbrook shares clip celebrating Paul George’s decision

Paul George signs max deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder

Paul George is expected to agree to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

George previously stated that he has a desire to move back to his hometown of L.A. but that view may have softened after spending a year in Oklahoma City. "I'm here to stay", Paul said in the video, where he was standing next to Thunder team mate Russell Westbrook.

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The general assumption was that George would be sitting down with the Lakers to plan out a future with the Los Angeles team, so his decision to stay locked down with the Thunder naturally came as a shock.

Optimism that the Thunder would be able to sign him and Paul George was low, but OKC made it work. There would be nothing more awkward than getting everybody together for this, have it all leak to the media and then leave without George signed.

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George has the option of signing a short deal with OKC or sign a five-year max contract paying him roughly $176 million. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be leaving the Thunder per se, but it does make it seem like the Lakers are a more likely fit for him in the 2018-19 season and beyond. Oklahoma City could face the largest tax bill in National Basketball Association history, according to ESPN. That deal would save the Thunder more than $30 million in salary and taxes this season, but add about $20 million in 2019-20 salary.

Not only did George commit longterm to Oklahoma City, he didn't even give the Lakers a meeting this offseason. Oklahoma City outscored opponents by 14.2 points per 100 possessions last season with its starters on the court, the second-best net rating among the 10 lineups that logged at least 500 minutes in 2017-18 according to NBA Advanced Stats.

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The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a career-best 2.0 steals this past season with the Thunder.

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