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Paul George Comments In ESPN Feature Could Be Good News For Thunder

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)

When Paul George was traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder, it seemed like a one-year rental. George, a native of California, seemed destined to become a Los Angeles Laker after this past season.

After a relatively tumultuous year in OKC, that seemed like it might be even more likely. The Thunder's "Big 3," along with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, never really panned out. The team eventually started to play well, but an injury to defensive stalwart Andre Roberson derailed the team late.

The Thunder wound up with the four-seed in a tough Western Conference but dropped its first series 4-2 to the Utah Jazz.

Still, it seems like there's a very good chance that George decides to stay with the Thunder. Various outlets have reported as much over the last few weeks.

Last night, ESPN ran the first episode of "Paul George: My Journey."

The docu-series is following George as he makes his decision. During the episode, George mentioned his own regret about how the season ended, and his desire to make the fans happy. Via The Oklahoman:

“Here they have made a huge risk in trading for me, knowing I have one year on my deal,” George says of the Thunder. “But I felt I didn’t finish as strong as I could have. Just knowing you left something on the table, even to this point now, it weighs on me.”

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“I hope I make the majority of the people happy,” George says. "But ultimately it’s my decision and I want to be the happiest I can be with that decision. And I’m excited. I’m excited to go through this journey.”

Here is the full "Paul George: My Journey" video from ESPN:

George played in 79 games for the Thunder this regular season. He averaged 21.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and two steals per game for the club.