Grant was set to be an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then he was traded off to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the rest is history. They could then re-sign restricted free agent Julius Randle and take another run at free agency a year from now, when the class is expected to be deeper (Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns).
George made his announcement on stage at Russell Westbrook's house party, alerting the crowd that he would be staying in OKC for a long time.
The four-year, $137 deal he signed would keep him in Oklahoma City for awhile, which is why it surprised many fans and analysts. Free agent forward Jerami Grant has agreed to return to the Thunder.
The two or three-year term makes sense when you remember that signing a short-term deal now would give George a chance to make even more money in the future through a super-max contract.
With George re-signed and Carmelo Anthony under contract for next season, the Thunder are headed for a monumental payroll and luxury-tax bill, something ownership is prepared to pay. Instead, George went to the party and told everybody that he was there to stay.
Most of that has to do with LeBron James, another moving piece we now have to wonder if L.A.is his best destination.
Don't ever say that the Oklahoma City Thunder ownership group is cheap.
Not now, anyway, and barring a trade not for at least three years in what will be considered a massive victory for the Thunder and general manager Sam Presti.
The deal will make Grant the third-highest-paid-player with Syracuse ties in the National Basketball Association, following just Carmelo Anthony and Dion Waiters. Last season he was 29% from downtown (which is right around his career average of 30%), but the previous season he was shooting 37% a clip from that range.
George's decision to stay with OKC isn't the end of the world for the Lakers, who are still interested in picking up LeBron James.