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George averaged just under 22 points a game with a solid 43 percent shooting percentage in the 2017-2018 season.

The Los Angeles Lakers responded to Paul George agreeing to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder by coming to terms with LeBron James on a four-year contract.

It's been heavily speculated that LeBron James could end up with the Lakers and several reports have surfaced of Los Angeles pursuing other star players around the National Basketball Association to build its roster to help land James. But the Lakers will instantly rise with James, a three-time champion who after being swept by the Warriors in this year's NBA Finals said he is still driven and very much in "championship mode". James spent his first seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his next four seasons with the Miami Heat, and his last four seasons back at home with Cleveland. Los Angeles will still be there, calling, winking, tugging at his heartstrings the way it clearly has for years. Embiid's opinion notwithstanding, the Lakers are James' team now.

The 27-year-old is coming off a 2017-18 season cut short by a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered January 26 in a game against the Rockets.

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This offseason has already been a compelling one, but it's about to reach a new level with free agency getting under way at midnight on Saturday (EST, 08:00 UAE time). The deal comes with a player option for 2019-20, so Durant can - and likely will - become a free agent again next summer.

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Lingard stressed that Colombia would be unsafe opponents as England look to reach a first quarterfinal since 2006. Especially when balls are just dropping in for you and things are going for you.

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.

Indeed, what we saw from Leonard in the past year, as his mysterious quad injury torpedoed his season and dragged the Spurs organization down with it, was a player who came off as stubborn and hard-headed.

Simmons and James are represented by the same agent.

But he agreed quickly this time to a one-year, $24.1 million deal and will finally be part of the Mavs. Still, no one can deny the fact the Anthony remains a reliable contributor on the offensive end of the floor.

Meanwhile, Durant, the NBA's new movable feast, just left $100 million on the table in Golden State, declining the security of a four-year $160 million contract for two years and $61.5 million - with an opt-out next summer.

There were other teams he could've pursued in hopes to contend for a championship as those teams were the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, and the Boston Celtics.


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