Odds Favor Paul George Signing with Lakers in Free Agency

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Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 8:36 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 8, 2018 8:36 PM UTC

NBA free agency is right around the corner and one of the biggest names available is Paul George. BetOnline offers a prop on where he plays next season.

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Three of the greatest players in the NBA and future Hall of Famers all, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant, can become free agents this summer. No one seems to know what LeBron will do, and it probably depends on what the Cavaliers’ fate in these playoffs is. Durant is simply opting out of his contract to sign for more money back with Golden State, and Paul’s going to re-up with Houston.

Thus, excluding James, the biggest realistic free agent on the market should be Oklahoma City’s Paul George (DeMarcus Cousins would be in argument if not coming off a serious injury). Wouldn’t you like the chance to turn down $20,703,384 in salary for one season to play basketball? George, who recently had knee surgery (nothing major), will reject his player option worth that much because he’ll get much more. The Thunder could offer George a maximum deal of five years and about $177 million because they own his Bird Rights. The most another team could offer would be around $132 million and four years.

Starting July 1, teams can officially negotiate with players but can’t sign them until July 6. Trust me, we will know George’s plans before July 6. BetOnline is offering a prop on which team he plays Game 1 with next season. Let’s break them down.

Lakers (-200): George is from the Los Angeles area and it’s been an open secret he badly wants to play in the Purple & Gold at some point and for childhood idol Magic Johnson, who is now running the franchise. L.A. will have enough money for at least one max-level free agent and possibly two: George and LeBron? Does winning a title soon matter to George? The Lakers, presuming they don’t get LeBron, aren’t close despite some good young talent.

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“You would probably put your money on Paul George.”

- @BobbyMarks42 on who is most likely to come to LA

— ESPNLosAngeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) May 4, 2018
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Thunder (+400): I’ve been to Oklahoma City – nice but boring town. It’s not L.A., but is it $45 million worse? I don’t think so. OKC’s Big 3 of Russell Westbrook, George and Carmelo Anthony had their moments this season but never could get on the same page for long stretches. It’s tough playing with Westbrook because he’s so ball-dominant. George learned that in the first-round loss to Utah. “Playoff P” had three games with at least 30 points but just five points in the Game 6 loss on 2-for-16 shooting. “It was a lot to be happy about: the fans, the city, the organization,” George said when the season ended. “Everything has been unbelievable. It’s too soon. I’d love to remain a Thunder, but that’s what this summer is for. We’ll address that in the summer.”

76ers (+500): Think of how good the 76ers would be with the addition of George to Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and (maybe) Markelle Fultz! I’ve not heard much talk of George going to Philly, though. LeBron reportedly will consider the Sixers.

Nets (+700): The Nets could offer to make George the face of their franchise and the New York market, but the Nets will always play in the shadows of the Knicks. Brooklyn is a long way from being even a playoff contender.

Pacers (+750): No shot George goes back to Indiana after forcing his way out last summer.

Cavaliers (+1000): If the Cavs are able to re-sign James, they will be so far over the salary cap that there’s no way they could also add George – which they tried to do last summer – without trading Kevin Love and perhaps others. This isn’t happening.

Free NBA Pick: LakersBest Line Offered: BetOnline
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