How Paul George's deal impacts the Thunder, Lakers, and LeBron

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The All Star forward has made the decision to stay with the Thunder on a new deal. Andy Lyons Getty Images

"I don't know if Oklahoma City would have gotten a free agency meeting if he didn't go there", George's agent, Aaron Mintz said during Thursday's second installment of the mini-documentary.

In a vacuum, this is an expensive deal for a Thunder squad that took a chance by acquiring George in a contract year.

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"Paul George has committed to sign a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources tell ESPN", Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted.

Paul George is returning to the Oklahoma City Thunder, getting a ridiculous four-year, $137 million contract to stay put.

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After the 2016-17 season, George grew frustrated with the Pacers' lack of roster improvements and requested a trade out of IN, with the Los Angeles Lakers his preferred destination. Now, it appears as though George opted to sign a long-term deal with the organization. Doing so and filling Singler's roster spot with a player signed for the veteran's minimum would shave almost $15 million off the Oklahoma City tax bill and save the team about $17 million overall. The Rockets came within one game of the NBA Finals with him this season, before injury ruled him out of the last 2 games of the Western Conference Finals.

The success of the Thunder's starting five last season has been a point in favor of Anthony's value to the team. He also made the NBA's All-Star team alongside Westbrook.

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For the Thunder, they'll not only be making money with the duo of Westbrook and George, they'll be spending it. George and Westbrook will cost over $30 million each. The 28-year-old is a capable shooter and has been an All-NBA first-team defender. George and Anthony had to learn a whole new system. Oklahoma City could face the largest tax bill in National Basketball Association history, according to ESPN.

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