But in the days leading up to 2018 National Basketball Association free agency, it began to become apparent he would remain with the Thunder.
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. LeBron didn't waste any time before he showed up at LAX on a private Jet to meet with the Lakers front office. George has agreed to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, spurning the longtime rumored favorite Los Angeles Lakers.
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. While there was a ton of speculation about George heading home to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson and company dodged a bullet by not bringing PG to LA.
"I'm here to stay", George said in the posting by a reporter for "The Franchise" radio station.
While every team dreams of being ruled by King James, only a few have a legit chance of signing him.
That, though, won't be easy with the established Warriors and the ever-improving Houston Rockets still there as huge obstacles. On that note, Warriors fan Debbie O'Brien from Menlo Park told ABC7 News, "the Warriors are going to step up their game and be competitive with additional West Coast conference team".
The 6-foot-10 centre averaged 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds last season. The move by LeBron to Los Angeles gives the Western Conference another title contender.
The 76ers met with James' representatives Sunday, obviously to no avail.
If he is set on going to the Lakers, another team that trades for Leonard will have to contend with that reputation for stubbornness. Their friendship was enough to get the five-time All-Star to agree to the four-year deal, which includes a player option on the fourth year.
For Dallas, persistence paid off. Finally an unheralded player is getting the proper tender, love, and care he deserves.
Jordan agreed to sign with Dallas three years ago, then changed his mind and social media went beyond abuzz over what happened next. Former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a contingent that went to his house and stayed with him until the deal was official.
A person with knowledge of the contract says the club has reached an agreement with VanVleet on a two-year, $18 million deal.