REPORT: Woj says OKC Thunder still have good chance to retain Paul George
LeBron James is not the only superstar who could hit the free agent market in the summer with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George possibly joining him in the pool of players without a contract. That’s of course if George ditched his player option for the 2018-19 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder worth $20.7 million.
George is attracting plenty of interest right now. The Los Angeles Lakers are not hiding their desire of luring the two-way swingman to La La Land, especially if they miss out on LeBron.
However, George seems to be very much open to the idea of staying put in Oklahoma City for at least one more year than venturing out into free agency according to Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN (h/t Sagar Trika of Blazer’s Edge).
Woj: Oklahoma City has a good chance of bringing Paul George back. They are in a good position to retain him.
— Sagar Trika (@BlazersBySagar) June 19, 2018
George’s first season with the Thunder did not have a sweet ending. The Thunder battled issues with inconsistency all season long despite fielding a superstar-laden lineup that had George, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony. Although the Thunder managed to get into the playoffs with a 48-34 record – good for fourth in the Western Conference – they were upset and eliminated in the first round of the postseason by the Utah Jazz.
George concluded his 2017-18 campaign having compiled average of 18.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 79 games.