Paul George hopes he and Russell Westbrook can address free agency together
One of the stories of the off-season was definitely Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George. George spent his whole career with the Indiana Pacers, as a four-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA and three-time All-Defensive honors. However, it was time to move on.
George apparently urged the Pacers to trade him and with him hitting free agency next summer, it was a good move by Indiana. George could have, just like Kevin Durant the previous summer, left for nothing. This way, the Pacers at least got something out of the deal.
The Thunder, on the other hand, got a superstar to pair up with Russell Westbrook, their best player and current NBA MVP. However, there are concerns about George staying long-term in OKC. He reportedly wants to join the Los Angeles Lakers and even though he has downplayed those rumors, there is still fear in Oklahoma.
With Durant’s departure last summer, Thunder fans might see one more superstar leave for nothing. Still, George does not rule out staying in Oklahoma City. Via KOCO-TV’s Carson Cunningham, George talked about Westbrook and their impending free agency.
“I’m not looking past 2017-2018. Me and Russ have something to build now,” George said. “It could be something we want to continue building. If Russ and I love where we’re at, I’m open to (staying). Hopefully we can address (free agency) together. Discuss what we built and to make decisions based off one another.”
Westbrook has not yet signed an extension with the Thunder, and next summer might be rough for OKC fans.