The franchise quickly followed with Jerami Grant, agreeing to a beefy three-year, $27 million deal for their reserve - a contract that only spells a massive luxury tax bill on the way and a quick break-up with Carmelo Anthony, according to several sources. "That's always been, I feel with players, they want that option", George said at exit interviews after the season.
Any other team could only offer George the maximum over a four-year period, meaning he could risk losing out on $46m in guaranteed cash later down the line.
George had been considering signing with the Lakers this offseason, according to multiple reports.
He spent last season in Oklahoma City after being traded there from Indiana.
Before his trade, George had told the Pacers that he planned to sign with the Lakers in free agency this summer.More news: Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus ready to bring down South Korea
George's decision is not wholly surprising, given that he has been one of the top free-agent targets for many teams all season long.
Oklahoma City finished with 48 victories and the Western Conference's 4th seed but were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in 6 games in the first round of the playoffs.
The 76ers were interested in pursuing the five-time National Basketball Association all-star to play alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, according to sources. As of now, all signs seem to point to LeBron joining the Los Angeles Lakers.
The third and final episode of this series about George's free agency won't air until after he has made his decision, whenever that may be.
Days ago, Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony reportedly opted into his deal with OKC for next season. That enabled him to get more money as a free agent.
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 National Basketball Association playoffs.
The Thunder will soon find out if that's enough to keep him. Playing with Westbrook, George enjoyed one of his best 3-point shooting seasons to date, hitting the highest total of his career on 40.1 percent shooting.