It seems that Paul George’s assumed journey to the Los Angeles Lakers has hit a surprising detour.
When the Oklahoma City Thunder made the shocking trade to acquire George from the Indiana Pacers prior to the season, it was widely expected that it would be a “rental” and that George was waiting for a clear path to play with his hometown Lakers.
But, George is signaling that he sees a future in Oklahoma City, thanks to his connection to Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.
“I obviously would have loved to go home [to Los Angeles]” George said, according to ESPN.
“That was ideal when it was that time.
But now, being here and playing alongside Russ, playing alongside Melo, I’ve built a real brotherhood with those guys. If we’re here right now [holds hand at chest level], then where can we be next year [hold hand at eye level]? Where can we be the year after that [holds hand above head]?
Of course, L.A. is home. So, that’s always going to draw the attention.
But we’ll see. I won’t rule anything out. But I’m definitely happy where I’m at. I like where we’re going, and I want to see how this unfolds.”
George seems like someone who is strongly considering staying put in OKC and not someone just biding time until he can make the leap to the Lakers.
For now, at least for me, I have to give the edge to the Thunder when it comes to the chances of signing George to a long-term deal this offseason.