National Basketball Association roundup
July 11 (The Sports Xchange) - When Paul George learned a trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder was a possibility, it was natural to seek out a peer who has already walked in those shoes.
George was traded to the Thunder earlier this month after seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers.
"KD was like, 'that place (Oklahoma City) will blow you away.' He told me, 'they can offer what other teams can't in terms of the people and the preparation and the facility, down to the chefs and the meals,'" George said in a Sports Illustrated interview. "He was pretty high on (the Thunder). He thought it was a first-class organization in every way,"
George did not entirely dismiss the public sentiment that he's planning to reach free agency in July 2018 for the opportunity to entertain playing in his hometown of Los Angeles. George said he will always idolize Kobe Bryant and loved the Lakers and Clippers growing up.
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The New York Knicks agreed to a two-year deal to keep shooting guard Ron Baker.
The deal is worth a reported $8.9 million for Baker, according to ESPN and later confirmed by the New York Post. He was a restricted free agent.
Undrafted out of Wichita State, the 6-foot-4 Baker averaged 4.1 points in 52 games in 2016-17 -- his first year in the NBA.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers made it official by signing veteran forward Jeff Green.
The 30-year-old Green agreed to a deal last week with the Eastern Conference champions. The one-year pact is worth a reported $2.3 million, according to ESPN.
Green had "active conversations" with Cavaliers star LeBron James before making his decision to sign with the team, per ESPN. The former No. 5 overall draft pick in 2007 has career averages of 13.5 points and 4.7 boards over 705 games.