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Stein: Paul George "Strongly Considering" Signing Multi-Year Deal With OKC

Paul George stands on court during Oklahoma City Thunder game vs. Sacramento Kings.

SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on November 7, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The NBA free agency period will officially kick off when the clock strikes midnight tonight. Paul George is one of the biggest names on the market.

George opted out of his deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week. He's been linked to a number of other teams, but recent murmurings indicate George could be returning to OKC.

In his free agency preview, the New York Times' Marc Stein writes that George not only is considering coming back to the Thunder, but he could re-up for multiple years.

It has been hard to ignore the whispers steadily rising in volume for the past month that George, the All-Star forward, is strongly considering signing a two- or three-year deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On Friday, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said George "seems to be staying" in Oklahoma City.

This news would appear to be most damaging to the Los Angeles Lakers, whose pipe dream for a long time would have included signing LeBron James and Paul George.

However, if the Lakers can land James alone, the free agency period will be a win for them. If they can do that and simultaneously trade for Kawhi Leonard without giving away too many resources, even better.

Stay tuned.