LA will still be there for Paul George

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All those questions - mostly variations of "how will this work?" - got answered when the Thunder went 40-22 in the final 62 games of the regular season, George got his numbers (nearly 22 points per game) and Westbrook got his again as well (averaging a triple-double).

ESPN is reporting that George met with team management and the ownership group Saturday night and they agreed to a four-year, $137 million deal with a player option.

It's another twist of the knife for Lakers fans, who have been steadily coming down from Sunday's elation of landing James.

Hours before National Basketball Association free agency opened with the three-time champion as its most coveted prize, James returned today to Southern California, where he has two homes and a film production company.

A second round pick by Philadelphia in 2014, Grant has career averages of 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

And now LeBron James is joining them.

While every team dreams of being ruled by King James, only a few have a legit chance of signing him.

Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism.

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It's rare to get a star of George's caliber, either through the draft or through free agency, for a franchise like Oklahoma City.

These two players answer some of the questions asked of the Thunder last season.

LA will still be there in three or four years, if he wants to still play there. Alex Abrines ($5.5 million in the final season of his contract) and Patrick Patterson ($5.5 million, with a $5.7 million player option for 2019-20) could be replaced more cheaply in free agency, but both played regular minutes last season and Patterson in particular may be hard to trade without giving up draft-pick compensation.

A person with knowledge of the contract says the club has reached an agreement with VanVleet on a two-year, $18 million deal.

The Los Angeles Lakers' offseason is not expected to end with the acquisition of LeBron James and three role players.

Leonard has one year left on his contract and will be a 2019 free agent unless he re-signs.

That also lent to some optimism for the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose general manager Koby Altman reportedly spoke with James and his agent Rich Paul minutes after free agency officially opened. Of course, it remains to be seen whether any of Ball, Kuzma or Hart winds up getting traded to the Spurs in a package for Kawhi Leonard, the kind of established star who might better help James make a ninth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

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