However, the assumption may not be the “slam dunk” it once was as George seems to be leaning towards staying with the Thunder.
George credits teammate Russell Westbrook for making his decision easier.
“Russ is the reason why this decision is becoming even more easier to make… the character Russ [has],” George said, according to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “A stand-up guy, and he has his teammate’s back.
“It was awesome for a teammate to have your back and to stand up, and to be honest, he should be a starter. He’s been the MVP, been the best player at his position. He should’ve been a starter, but that’s another story” George said.
“But the fact Russ had my back, that’s my guy forever, and it’s more apparent what this decision needs to be made when it comes down to it.”
Westbrook is under contract with the Thunder through at least 2022 and the Thunder will have George’s Bird rights which gives them the ability to offer more years and more money than other interested teams.
With the budding chemistry of Westbrook and George, George may just remain in Oklahoma City for the long haul.