Paul George has agreed to a four-year, $137 million max contract to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder

The deal includes a player option on the fourth year, the sources said.
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The Thunder’s odds of keeping George appeared strengthened on Saturday when Young reported superstar guard Russell Westbrook would host a summer hype house party in Oklahoma City on Saturday night with George having just arrived in town.

As for George’s other options, the call of home ultimately was not strong to the California native. The Lakers were one of the teams most often linked to George, especially in conjunction with fellow free agents LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

Here, the decision lies with the team. If they exercised the team option, they keep the player for another year. If they declined it, they allowed him to Dion Jordan Jersey become a free Womens Deyshawn Bond Jersey agent.

It requires a special kind of financial gymnastics, of course, and some good fortune (the Golden State Warriors signed Stephen Curry to a four-year, $44 million extension in 2012 just as he found a long-term solution to his ankle problems and entered his MVP caliber prime). It’s part of the power that NBA players increasingly wield. Not only do you have to pay them every dollar possible, you have to be able to show them how you can do that and still give them a chance at a ring.

10 — Consecutive years in which at least one player from Duke University has been taken in the first round. The Blue Devils’ streak continued this year with Marvin Bagley III (second, to Sacramento), Wendell Carter, Jr. (seventh, to Chicago) and Grayson Allen (21st, to Utah) going in the first. Duke’s first-round streak dates to 2009, when Gerald Henderson went 12th overall to Charlotte; the year before, no Blue Devils player was taken in either round. Since ’09, including Bagley, Carter and Allen, 19 Duke players have gone in the first round.

Marvin Bagley III was drafted last week to keep Duke’s NBA Draft streak alive.