Amid opt out, Paul George has grown ‘comfortable’ in OKC
Paul George had just opted out of the final year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Most reports hint that George going to the Los Angeles Lakers is a surefire deal. But recently, it was revealed that he’s grown ‘comfortable’ in Oklahoma City, weathering the storm of Lakers rumors.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, via Jamie Cooper of UPROXX, said that George has gotten along well with the Thunder organization.
He was sent there via trade from the Indiana Pacers last year, with hopes of forming the next Big 3 with Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. While the results were not exemplary, Wojnarowski said that George will eventually adjust to Westbrook’s playstyle:
“He’s become comfortable in Oklahoma City,” Wojnarowski said. “He liked playing for that organization. He really likes Sam Presti the GM, Billy Donovan the coach. He’s really gotten along and enjoyed playing with Russell Westbrook. It takes awhile to adjust, playing with Russ. While they were disappointed to get knocked out of the playoffs early against Utah, he can run it back there, make more money in the short run.”
Despite George opting out of his deal with the Thunder, this comfort that he has developed with the franchise bodes well for a re-signing. OKC can still offer the All-Star forward the most significant amount of money, plus, his familiarity and chemistry with Russell Westbrook can’t be discounted either.
All eyes will be on Paul George’s next decision. He can continue the foundation developed in a short amount of time with the Thunder or bolt for the familiarity that his hometown offers, possibly with another pretty good player by the name of LeBron James.