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NBA Free Agency: PG13 to OKC - 5 Biggest Losers

  • Has Paul George made the correct decision. Who are biggest losers from this deal?
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 16:35 IST

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Paul George was eligible for a supermax deal in 2 years

Paul George has been open about his sentiments towards playing with Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Its great for him that he gets to play for a team that he wants to play and with a co-star that he wants to play with, but an argument can be made that George could have made a better decision financially.

By signing a 4-year deal with the Thunder, he has given all the power in the hands of Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City front office. Instead, he could have gone for a 2-year deal with a player option in the third year thus enabling himself to be eligible for a 10-year veteran supermax deal.

George is optimistic about winning with Russell Westbrook and bringing Oklahoma its first championship. But looking at how the off-season has progressed in the Western Conference and how the Thunder are presently constructed, it seems highly unlikely that George is going to be landing his hands on the silverware any time soon.

Although he would have been offered lesser money, joining LeBron in Los Angeles would have given him better odds to win a championship. He could have signed with the Lakers for 2 years with a player option in the third and tried his luck on getting a ring. Then he could have gone for a supermax deal according to the situation and his wish.

This argument becomes invalid if Paul George ends up winning a championship in Oklahoma in the next four years. But if he doesn't, he might feel that he left more money and a maybe a ring on the table for something lesser.


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Published 04 Jul 2018, 20:42 IST
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