The Oklahoma City Thunder have certainly made an impression on their new forward Paul George whom they acquired in a trade with the Indiana Pacers this summer.
George said that Russell Westbrook’s newly inked five-year extension with the Thunder will “absolutely” factor into his decision on his own future next summer.
“We’ve been on an unbelievable start right now, and for him to be committed here, it says a lot,” George said about Westbrook’s contract.
“Not only in us pairing together, but just knowing what type of dude Russ is and his values and his beliefs and him being committed to this organization says a lot. And I’m one person that’s enjoying it here, so I think when that time comes, the decision will be easier to make for myself.”
“From the commitment from the front office all the way down to Russ, the commitment here is off the charts,” George said.
“I had a feeling he wanted to remain a Thunder,” George said. “But again, you let guys deal with their situations, and that’s what it was. He had to make his decision.”
Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, also a new addition to the team, was also pleased about Westbrook’s deal.
“I was happy, I was happy,” Anthony said.
“Everybody should be happy, everybody should be excited about right now [and] the future. He’s the cornerstone of this organization, and he’s proven that yesterday by agreeing to that deal not only showing this organization his commitment, but showing [Oklahoma City] his commitment to them, too.”