Paul George reportedly decides to become free agent

George decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Thunder.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George hangs from the rim after a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Oklahoma City’s Paul George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Thunder and will become an unrestricted free agent.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because neither George nor the team has publicly announced his decision.

It was not an unexpected move for George, who averaged 21.9 points for the Thunder this past season. By not opting in to the final year of his existing deal, George opens up an array of possibilities — such as going elsewhere, or signing as much as a five-year deal with Oklahoma City.

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George had until Friday night to make the decision on his option year.

ESPN first reported George’s decision.