July 1, 2018 / 6:49 AM / 10 months ago

NBA: George to remain with Thunder

(Reuters) - All Star free agent Paul George will remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the small forward said on Saturday.

George made the announcement at a party in Oklahoma City, where he was filmed and the video uploaded to Twitter by users.

“If y’all didn’t quite get it, let me say it again. I’m here to stay. I’m here to stay,” Paul said in the video, where he was standing next to Thunder team mate Russell Westbrook.

George, who was among the most sought after players in the current free agency, has agreed to a new four-year deal with Oklahoma City according to multiple local media reports. He was traded to the Thunder last year from the Indiana Pacers, but declined to exercise his player option with Oklahoma for 2018-19, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The 28-year-old had been reported as considering joining his home town Los Angeles Lakers.

George averaged 21.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds last season for the Thunder who were knocked out in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles

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