Paul George re-upping in Oklahoma City could inspire other teams

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If San Antonio is (still) unlikely to trade Leonard to the Lakers, Kawhi is unlikely to re-sign with the Spurs or any team they trade him to, reportedly continuing to insist he wants to be a Laker.

While ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski believes it is "very likely" that Cousins will sign a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, there is still reason to believe Los Angeles could be a more appealing destination. There is concern for any front office looking into Leonard that he might hold a grudge against a team that trades for him, unless that team is the Lakers.

He flew to Los Angeles on Saturday, creating a frenzy without saying a word. George opted out of his $20.7 million salary with Oklahoma City for the 2018-19, making him an unrestricted free agent.

It's just day one of the National Basketball Association free-agency but the Los Angeles Lakers have already come out of it as the biggest winners after securing the services of LeBron James - the most sought-after superstar in the market. By the time he announced, just over $900 million worth of new deals had been agreed upon, based on figures confirmed to the AP by people involved in the various decisions - nearly all of that money getting committed by teams in the West.

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

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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.

The 6-foot-7 wing played in 14 games with Miami last season, starting eight. 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".

"Not at all", she said, "I think with KD (Kevin Durant) signing, Steph, we've got Steve Kerr again signed".

George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder and was named a third-team All-NBA performer. The Akron, Ohio, native was also thought to have a good chance of returning to Cleveland, if only for one more season perhaps, and the 76ers were reported to have pitched James on joining forces with their collection of impressive young talent. So open were the Lakers about this intent that Magic kept getting fine for tampering. 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.

Jordan agreed to sign with Dallas three years ago, then changed his mind and social media went beyond abuzz over what happened next.

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