However, the assumption may not be the “slam dunk” it once was as George seems to be leaning towards staying with the Thunder.
George credits teammate Russell Westbrook for making his decision easier.
“Russ is the reason why this decision is becoming even more easier to make… the character Russ [has],” George said, according to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “A stand-up guy, and he has his teammate’s back.
“It was awesome for a teammate to have your back and to stand up, and to be honest, he should be a starter. He’s been the MVP, been the best player at his position. He should’ve been a starter, but that’s another story” George said.
“But the fact Russ had my back, that’s my guy forever, and it’s more apparent what this decision needs to be made when it comes down to it.”
Westbrook is under contract with the Thunder through at least 2022 and the Thunder will have George’s Bird rights which gives them the ability to offer more years and more money than other interested teams.
With the budding chemistry of Westbrook and George, George may just remain in Oklahoma City for the long haul.
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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