Although the Los Angeles Lakers missed out on the postseason once again, there is plenty of optimism surrounding the team’s plans for the summer. Needless to say, the impending future of Oklahoma City small forward Paul George has been at the forefront of every fans’ desires.
Given his desire to return home and play in Los Angeles, George signing has widely been considered a sure thing. However, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, it would reportedly not be surprising if he decided to stay in Oklahoma City:
“They don’t want to hear this around this neck of the woods… Somebody recently close with Paul were telling me they wouldn’t be surprised if he re-signed.”
The news may come as a bit of a blow to Lakers’ fans who have been anxiously awaiting his arrival since last offseason. George famously exclaimed that the Lakers were his most likely destination in his upcoming free agency. As a result, the Indiana Pacers managed to trade him for some pieces that have completely turned their franchise around.
Meanwhile, the Thunder had decided to experiment with a Big 3 of their own in the form of George, point guard Russell Westbrook, and forward Carmelo Anthony. However, their construction did not exactly live up to the hype as they were bounced out of the first-round of the playoffs by an upstart Utah Jazz team.
Although it may not have been an ideal start in Oklahoma City, George has remained relatively optimistic about the team’s situation right up until the very end. Furthermore, it is clear that his friendship with Westbrook is something that he cherishes and will likely pay a role in his decision. That said, Lakers fans would be wise not to assume that everything is set in stone. The front office will need to shore up their pitch if they are going to pry George or any other free agent from the star-hungry teams.