However, considering all the chatter that surrounded George before the Thunder traded for him last summer, the fact that he's not on the Los Angeles Lakers right now is shocking.
That also lent to some optimism for the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose general manager Koby Altman reportedly spoke with James and his agent Rich Paul minutes after free agency officially opened. LeBron didn't waste any time before he showed up at LAX on a private Jet to meet with the Lakers front office.
LeBron James is another A-list free agent the Sixers are targeting.
Should James play out the lifetime of his contract it will take him through an age-37 season.
It was unfortunate, though, that he couldn't win championships every year with the Cavaliers because he picked an very bad time for the Golden State Warriors to become a dynasty and win three of the next four championships.
James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla, and hopped aboard a private Gulfstream jet in the morning to fly to the Los Angeles area. Of the power vacuum James left in the East, the 76ers' Joel Embiid appeared to be asserting that his squad is ready to fill it, at the expense of the other team seemingly most ready to represent the conference in the Finals, the Celtics.
After watching George stay with the Thunder, the Lakers should feel a little more urgency to land Leonard this summer, even if it means losing one or two of their young stars.
George played last season with the Thunder, averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Instead, James became the latest superstar to don the familiar purple-and-gold uniform, following the likes of Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. The Mavericks finally are getting DeAndre Jordan. Former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a contingent that went to his house and stayed with him until the deal was official.
There are two ways you and I can make $38 million a year. Their friendship was enough to get the five-time All-Star to agree to the four-year deal, which includes a player option on the fourth year.