3 ways the Thunder can move on from Carmelo Anthony this summer

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. After a year-long pitch process, the Thunder convinced Paul George to stick around. Then he was traded off to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the rest is history. "Because of the repeater tax penalty, the Thunder now have a tax bill of $130M". Doing so and filling Singler's roster spot with a player signed for the veteran's minimum would shave almost $15 million off the Oklahoma City tax bill and save the team about $17 million overall.

It's better in the draft, where in successive seasons, with the Nos.

Kevin Durant is staying put for now.

It's worth mentioning that this momentum is picking up, too. Westbrook's party might just be the night the front office has been planning for. Still, that's not really breaking new ground.

The Thunder seem to have a good team chemistry since Paul George made a decision to stay instead of going to the Los Angeles Lakers, which was what he originally intended for the 2018 offseason.

There were other teams he could've pursued in hopes to contend for a championship as those teams were the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, and the Boston Celtics.

Now it will be all-important as defenses load up on James, a willing passer, making Ingram and Kuzma, two of the roster's best 3-point shooters, that much more important.

Depending on what happens with Carmelo Anthony, he may very well end up in the starting lineup if the end of the 2017-18 campaign was any indication. Though it may have been a lapse in judgment, the dexterity to pull it off remains impressive.

So while bringing back George and potentially Grant would ensure the Thunder keep their core intact, it likely means more moves are coming to mitigate what could be a historic luxury-tax bill.

George committed to remain with the Thunder, according to multiple media reports. The option would not be available later.

After months of speculation regarding Paul George and his future, the five-time All-Star ultimately agreed to sign a four-year, $137 million contract with the Thunder on Saturday night. It just didn't compute. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016.

The Thunder have made a home, not a way-station, for Westbrook.

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