Los Angeles Lakers to challenge Pelicans to sign DeMarcus Cousins

04 July, 2018, 08:05 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Paul George’s Sit-down With Dwyane Wade Suggests He Is Signing With the Lakers

George played last season with the Thunder, averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Paul George made the biggest National Basketball Association free agency decision of the summer (so far, anyway) when he agreed to a four-year max contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Also he's been much more efficient with a year ago being a career high in field goal percentage (54%).

First, if the Lakers make a trade for Kawhi Leonard (or some other star) and have to empty their cupboard of young players like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart, they have signed players who fill their positions at cheap rates.

The LeBron James fiasco has gone on long enough.

It was to no avail, however as James wound up making the jump to Los Angeles.

George became an unrestricted free agent on Thursday after declining his player option. After bolting from Cleveland in 2010, he returned in an emotional homecoming four years later, determined to make the Cavs champions.

While every team dreams of being ruled by King James, only a few have a legit chance of signing him.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.

Golden State's biggest challenger in the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets, also reached an agreement to hold on to a key piece as the NBA's free agency negotiations officially began.

Privately, Thunder executives have said going all the way back to the start of last season that they were prepared to spend heavily this season if they had to. He didn't disappoint in Miami either, winning titles in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, but losing to seasoned Dallas and San Antonio teams in 2011 and '14, respectively.

Representatives from the team will meet in Los Angeles with James' agent Rich Paul on Sunday, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. Lakers fans were holding onto hope that his return to his hometown would mark a new era for the franchise, with many singing his praises before anything was set in stone.

Leonard has one year left on his contract and will be a 2019 free agent unless he re-signs. Instead of being "just" a role player this contract could put Grant in the starting lineup (depending on how the rest of free agency pans out). Still, no one can deny the fact the Anthony remains a reliable contributor on the offensive end of the floor.



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