Although Kawhi Leonard is garnering most of the attention right now in free agency, the Paul George saga is still looming. His free agency decision will make a huge impact on the NBA landscape this summer.
George was stellar in his first season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He enjoyed a career year, averaging 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals.
The combination of Melo, Westbrook, and George posted mixed results. However, with Andre Roberson on the floor, they were one of the most potent offensive teams in the league. But when Roberson was lost for the season due to injury, the chemistry of the team plummeted
The results were a disappointing opening-round playoff loss to the surprisingly efficient Utah Jazz in six games.
Multiple rumors had him taking his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers. There are various reports now that indicate that staying in Oklahoma City presents a viable option he’s considering.
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A key reason for his decision hinges on his relationship with Westbrook. Although the former MVP has not exactly been easy to play with, both have bonded closely particularly this off-season. The two have been spotted together multiple times in each other’s company, besides working out at team facilities
Continuing that relationship with the walking triple-double machine could prove very hard to break off.
The idea of teaming up with Westbrook over the next couple years and developing another super team is quite tempting to George. The Thunder have proven themselves adept at adding key pieces to be put in that championship class of teams.
Next summer’s free agent class will give them the opportunity to add another upper echelon free agent.
George’s friendship might even rival that of Durant’s when he was a member of the Thunder. It will prove difficult for George to turn his back on the relationships he has developed.
That will prove true even if that means turning down a chance to play in the purple and gold.
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