Published: Sun, July 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Paul George returning is 'perfect opportunity' to bring OKC a title

Paul George returning is 'perfect opportunity' to bring OKC a title

The Oklahoma City Thunder are prepared to make history by paying taxes, if not winning titles. OKC signed veteran point guard Raymond Felton on Tuesday night, surpassing the 300,000,000 line.

Payroll and tax concerns aside, the Thunder are going to get Felton back at a good price.

Felton made slightly more than $2.3 million last season.

The former All-Star forward is no longer a $27.9 million player, despite being paid that much.

For George, though, the decision was about making the best move for him and his family.

The franchise essentially went all in to acquire George and spent the majority of the last year attempting to convince George to stay in Oklahoma City for many years to come.

The trade that George is referring to is the one that took place in the summer of 2017.

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According to National Basketball Association writer Jeff Siegel, a buyout of $25.5 million - Anthony's contract minus the veteran minimum for which he could sign after being released - with the remaining money stretched would save OKC $116 million in luxury tax payments.

But what does stretching a contract entail?

Thunder fans may not be pleased to watch management dole out contracts in the millions for a team merely knocking at the door of Western Conference supremacy, but management had very little choice.

By using the stretch provision, the Thunder would avoid the huge luxury tax pain this season at the cost of limiting salary cap flexibility for two future years.

The Lakers have been mentioned as a possible option for Anthony if he does leave the Thunder.

The hope was that with Magic Johnson's charisma, a young roster full of talent, and plenty of cash to spend, the Lakers would be able to land a pair of stars lie Paul George and LeBron James.

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