Paul George will be perhaps the most high-profile free agent in the league this summer, along with King James
George has repeatedly stated he would like to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. However with the Thunder losing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs to the Utah Jazz, the 27-year old just might explore his options.
The five-time All-Star is one of the Los Angeles Lakers’ main targets and has been repeatedly linked with the purple and gold franchise..
In an interview with the Oklahoman's YouTube channel, Paul George talked about the possibility of playing in California.
“I would say almost everybody in this league would love to play at home"
“I won’t say that’s a lie. Everybody would love to play for their home in one way or the other. But that’s not the only option for why I want to go somewhere is because it’s home. Not at all.”
After a seven stint with the Indiana Pacers, George was traded to OKC last summer in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Unfortunately, the Westbrook-Anthony-George big three never quite worked out.
Oklahoma City is now is desperate to keep George, who averaged 21.9 points while making 43 percent from the field, and in order to keep PG-13, they'll have to offer him around $180 million over the next five years.
Although playing in California sounds very appealing to George, he hinted he's not very likely to move any time soon.
“I haven’t been in the position to be in a free agent or know what it’s like to have the chance to go where you want to go,” he added.
“That’s always been I feel players, they want that option. Then you get into an organization where they kind of check all the boxes of what you want out of an organization, and immediately they become a candidate where you want to play long-term.
“That’s been the case here. They honestly checked the boxes where I needed those boxes to be checked.”
While this definitely isn't what the Los Angeles Lakers wanted to hear, it's safe to say this story is far from being finished. The Lakers just might have something up their sleeve.