Watch NBA star CONFIRM Thunder move at Russell Westbrook party — Paul George

Lynette Rowe
July 4, 2018

It seems, however, that James is only the first of the Lakers' seismic hauls this off-season. The Thunder traded for him as a way to begin a year-long recruitment of George with the hope of signing him to a long-term contract.

Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons. The appeal of playing for one of the league's most storied teams is another allure. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not yet been signed.

He could still go to the NBA Finals, of course.

Case in point was George's last game, in which Westbrook scored 46 points and George finished with just five points on two-of-16 shooting.

The deal is four-years, $137 million with a player option on the third year.

Gordon is going into his fifth season.

"The Houston Rockets were in talks to acquire Anthony from the New York Knicks last offseason".

The Cleveland Cavaliers, on the other hand, were the top seed in the East and hailed by many as a shoo-in for the NBA Finals in a dream match against the Lakers. Also he's been much more efficient with past year being a career high in field goal percentage (54%).

Day 1 of National Basketball Association free agency was not lacking for fireworks or firepower, led by James' decision to leave Cleveland for a second time and join the Los Angeles Lakers. They have a long history of building around superstar centers and Cousins has the personality to thrive on and off the court in Los Angeles.

Eight years ago, he made "The Decision" in which he told Jim Gray and a national audience that he was taking his talents to South Beach.

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He's certainly not ideal for a floor-spacing offense, although he has made more than 33 percent of his 3-point attempts the past four seasons. Grant can agree to his new contract but cannot sign it until after July 6 as part of the NBA's July moratorium. Miami does not have much in the way of financial flexibility this summer, with the luxury tax threshold looming and the Heat trying to keep Wayne Ellington.

The Philadelphia 76ers are getting to make their pitch to LeBron James. They are not the same guy: Westbrook loves fashion and flash, George would rather go fishing.

The Toronto Raptors aren't letting guard Fred VanVleet get away.

But he agreed quickly this time to a one-year, $24.1 million deal and will finally be part of the Mavs. That's when all deals can be finalized.

So, how do you like the Lakers' free agent summer so far?

That starts with James, who came anyway.

Grant was set to be an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. 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).

With Durant, George and Paul off the board, James is the biggest name left to decide his intentions when it comes to free agency.

Anthony informed the Thunder last week that he did not plan on opting out of his $27,928,140 player option for next season.

There was a flurry of big-name signings in the first hours of free agency, but James remained noncommittal. He turns 34 years old in December.

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