Report: Free agent Paul George will return to the Oklahoma City Thunder

first_imgPrior to the start of free agency: Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions PreviousA person familiar with the decision says the Cavaliers will extend a $3.4 million qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Rodney Hood. The team plans to make the offer ahead of Friday’s, June 29 midnight deadline, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing publicly discussing its plans ahead of free agency starting.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)JJ Redick (left), Doug McDermott (center) and Wayne Ellington (right) are among the NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone when it hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/File)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James leads the NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone when it hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George is among the NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone when it hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)Clint Capela (center) is among the NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone when it hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)Aaron Gordon is among the NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone when it hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)A person familiar with the decision says the Cavaliers will extend a $3.4 million qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Rodney Hood. The team plans to make the offer ahead of Friday’s, June 29 midnight deadline, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not discussing publicly discussing its plans ahead of free agency starting.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)JJ Redick (left), Doug McDermott (center) and Wayne Ellington (right) are among the NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone when it hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/File)NextShow Caption1 of 6JJ Redick (left), Doug McDermott (center) and Wayne Ellington (right) are among the NBA free-agent class with a little something for everyone when it hits the market on July 1. The group includes an array of superstars, big men, glue guys and sharp-shooters. (AP Photo/File)ExpandThe NBA’s free agency period is days away and the speculation continues to grow for the Summer of LeBron (James).The top two free agents, James and George, have been teammates during All-Star Games, but this offseason provides them the opportunity to play an entire season together.While George has expressed interest in coming to Los Angeles and James is looking to find the right team he can finish out his career with, the glue that can hold this together and make it possible for a team like the Lakers would be Kawhi Leonard.The Lakers have reportedly re-engaged in trade talks with the San Antonio Spurs for Leonard. If Leonard is traded to LA, it could be the first of several dominoes to fall in the favor of the Lakers.It was reported Thursday that George informed the Oklahoma City Thunder that he will opt out for the final year of his current contract to become an unrestricted free agent.Whether the LA Clippers are really have a chance at signing George or James, the team made a recent trade that sent guard Austin Rivers, the son of head coach Doc Rivers, to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat.The deal led to questions about the future of DeAndre Jordan. As of June 29, Jordan decided to opt-out of his deal to test free agency. If he does not return to the Clippers on a new deal, the Dallas Mavericks are expected to be a landing spot for Jordan.We have all seen this story before. Jordan, who played college basketball at Texas A&M, made a verbal agreement to play for Dallas in July 2015 before he having a chance of heart and signing a new contract to remain in LA. Since Lakers decided to extend a qualifying offer to Julius Randle, consider Randle an option for Dallas as well during the offseason.Follow along throughout the offseason for live updates and news regarding your favorite NBA team.PreviousKawhi Leonard defends Chris Paul in the 2015 playoffs. In the season of speculation in 2018, one scenario has Leonard, Paul and LeBron James teaming up in Los Angeles. (Ed Crisostomo/Orange County Register)Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder defends against LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game at Quicken Loans Arena on January 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsJulius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers defends against a shot from DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA game on April 6, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)Kawhi Leonard defends Chris Paul in the 2015 playoffs. In the season of speculation in 2018, one scenario has Leonard, Paul and LeBron James teaming up in Los Angeles. (Ed Crisostomo/Orange County Register)NextShow Caption1 of 3Kawhi Leonard defends Chris Paul in the 2015 playoffs. In the season of speculation in 2018, one scenario has Leonard, Paul and LeBron James teaming up in Los Angeles. (Ed Crisostomo/Orange County Register)ExpandTop 5 free agents to watch this offseason:LeBron JamesPaul GeorgeChris PaulDeAndre JordanJulius Randle KEY DATES/TIMESRelated Articles Friday: Players have until 8:59 p.m. PT to decide to opt in or opt out of next year’s contracts. James, George, the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, the New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter and others with player options for their 2018-19 contracts must make their decisions known by this deadline.Saturday: This is the last day for teams to extend qualifying offers to restricted free agents. The Lakers have already made a $5.6-million qualifying offer to Randle, making him a restricted free agent.The free-agent negotiating period begins at 9:01 p.m. PT Teams and free agents can begin talks officially. Players can announce where they intend to sign or where they have been traded, but contracts cannot be made official until the moratorium ends later next week.July 6: Moratorium ends at 9 a.m. PT, with free agents able to sign contracts and trades to be completed. Once a restricted free agent such as Randle signs an offer sheet with another team, the Lakers will have 48 hours to decide whether to match it and retain him.Aug. 31: This is the last day to waive players and apply the stretch provision to their contracts. For instance, the Lakers could waive Luol Deng and stretch his contract, creating more cap flexibility. Deng is owed $36.8 million over the next two seasons, starting at $18 million in 2018-19. The Lakers can stretch him out to $7.4 million over five years, which would open $9.8 million in additional cap space immediately. – Elliot TeafordLos Angeles Lakers headlines:Heisler: LeBron James looks like he’s the Lakers’ to lose.How can the Lakers add LeBron James and Paul George?The Lakers reportedly ‘re-engage’ Spurs on Kawhi Leonard trade talks.Magic Johnson says he’ll quit if the team strikes out in free agency the next two summers.Former NBA players share thoughts on LeBron’s latest free agency decision.LA Lakers extend qualifying offer to Julius Randle.Tyler Ennis waived by the Lakers.Lakers’ Lonzo Ball has torn meniscus. Paul George will reportedly stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersChris Paul also confirms that he is staying with the Houston Rockets. Ruling out the possibly of him joining LeBron James on a team. Paul will sign a four-year deal worth $160 million, according to Wojnarowski. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Los Angeles Clippers headlines:DeAndre Jordan opts out of his Clippers contract.Clippers trade Austin Rivers to Wizards for Marcin Gortat, perhaps setting up DeAndre Jordan’s exit.Reaction to the LA Clippers trading Austin Rivers.Clippers not concerned about having a sudden glut of guards on their roster. 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