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George was a third of the "OK3" combo the Thunder created previous year alongside Westbrook and former all star Carmelo Anthony.

However, George told fans while on stage with fellow all-star Russell Westbrook at a party thrown in his honour in Oklahoma City that isn't the case. This is what George said about the Thunder organization after exit interviews, so it's no wonder why he chose to stay in OKC for now.

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.

George committed to remain with the Thunder, according to multiple media reports.

After a slow start to the season, the Thunder heated up around the midway point of the 2017-18 campaign, but fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Utah Jazz. But considering the Thunder would be well north of $25 million over the luxury tax line in that scenario, that would take Oklahoma City's combined payroll and luxury taxes up to roughly $255 million. So much so that George signed a four-year contract that includes a player option after the third year.

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From Oklahoma City's perspective, this was quite a coup. 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.

ESPN's Royce Young tweeted that Westbrook "left a family vacation in Hawaii to fly eight hours to Oklahoma City to host this party".

Chris Paul, meanwhile, was traded in exchange for 8 players by the Clippers last summer after he opted into the final year of his 5-year, $107-million deal with them.

Grant was a key reserve for the Thunder last season scoring eight points (on 54 percent shooting) and four rebounds a contest in 20 minutes.


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