George said that Russell Westbrook’s newly inked five-year extension with the Thunder will “absolutely” factor into his decision on his own future next summer.
“We’ve been on an unbelievable start right now, and for him to be committed here, it says a lot,” George said about Westbrook’s contract.
“Not only in us pairing together, but just knowing what type of dude Russ is and his values and his beliefs and him being committed to this organization says a lot. And I’m one person that’s enjoying it here, so I think when that time comes, the decision will be easier to make for myself.”
“From the commitment from the front office all the way down to Russ, the commitment here is off the charts,” George said.
“I had a feeling he wanted to remain a Thunder,” George said. “But again, you let guys deal with their situations, and that’s what it was. He had to make his decision.”
Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, also a new addition to the team, was also pleased about Westbrook’s deal.
“I was happy, I was happy,” Anthony said.
“Everybody should be happy, everybody should be excited about right now [and] the future. He’s the cornerstone of this organization, and he’s proven that yesterday by agreeing to that deal not only showing this organization his commitment, but showing [Oklahoma City] his commitment to them, too.”
Thunder’s Russell Westbrook Has Knee Surgery, May Miss Games
The Oklahoma City Thunder may be without All-Pro guard Russell Westbrook for the start of the 2018-2019 regular season after Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Royce Young.
Westbrook, who will be re-evaluated in four weeks, could miss the first few games of the regular season.
Thunder Waive Kyle Singler
The Oklahoma City Thunder are waiving forward Kyle Singler, who will be waived using the stretch provision to help reduce the cost of this year’s roster for the Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Singler will become an unrestricted free agent once he officially clears waivers.
Singler is owed $4,996,000 for the 2018-2019 season aand $5,333,500 for 2019-2020, but his second-year salary is non-guaranteed leaving Oklahoma City responsible for only his salary for this season.
It also gives the Thunder the ability to stretch the cap hit across five seasons.
Singler averaged 1.9 points per game over 12 games last season for Oklahoma City.
Thunder Sign Donte Grantham
Grantham’s new deal is a non-guaranteed training camp contract, and he will bring depth to the Thunder’s forward position.
Grantham was averaging 14.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game during his senior season with the Tigers before suffering a torn ACL during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish back in January.
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