Westbrook throws party -- for Paul George?

Paul George signs max deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder

Speculation had run rampant for over a year as most expected George to sign with his hometown Lakers this summer, but the Thunder were able to flip the script.

Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. This is what George said about the Thunder organization after exit interviews, so it's no wonder why he chose to stay in OKC for now. While there was a ton of speculation about George heading home to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson and company dodged a bullet by not bringing PG to LA. This is a party that members of the Thunder front office will reportedly attend and - who knows - possibly George himself.

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. It was thought for a long time that George and fellow free agent star LeBron James could head to the Lakers together.

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Without even taking a meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Palmdale native committed to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.

George, who was traded to the Thunder previous year, was rumoured to be heading to the Lakers with his old contract expired. He spent a little more than two seasons in Philadelphia before he was traded to the Thunder in 2016. Around the league, though, there is skepticism about Oklahoma City's willingness to go quite to this extreme.

ESPN's Royce Young tweeted that Westbrook "left a family vacation in Hawaii to fly eight hours to Oklahoma City to host this party". Anthony has a no-trade clause, but a trade that could precede a buyout to play elsewhere next season could be a move Anthony would welcome.

Germany is the third straight World Cup holder to exit early
As a result of the group stage of the World Cup , the Russian team reached the 1/8 finals for the first time in history. But a 2-0 defeat to South Korea in the third group game sealed their fate and sees them heading home early.

A last option would be a buyout for Anthony, who might be willing to give up some money to sign with another team if it becomes clear his role in Oklahoma City will diminish next season.

George averaged 18.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals during his seven seasons in Indiana.

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But Aulas also claimed Real Madrid , among the other European elites, are interested to capture their talisman. Lyon announced that talks with Liverpool had broken down and that the player would remain with Lyon.

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