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Paul George Says It'd Be 'Dumb' For Him To Leave OKC If This Happens

He's saying there's a chance he could stay with the Thunder.

Paul George says his interest in joining the Lakers next summer has been "overstated."

The All-Star grew up in California and idolized Kobe Bryant, so of course he's dreamt about playing for his hometown team, but it's not a lock, he told SI.com in a recent interview.

George says if he and Russell Westbrook lead Oklahoma City to a conference finals or NBA Finals, it'd be "dumb" for him to leave.

“I grew up a Lakers and a Clippers fan,” George told Lee Jenkins. “I idolized Kobe. There will always be a tie here, a connection here. People saying I want to come here, who doesn’t want to play for their hometown? That’s a dream come true, if you’re a kid growing up on the outskirts of L.A., to be the man in your city. But it’s definitely been overstated. For me, it’s all about winning. I want to be in a good system, a good team. I want a shot to win it. I’m not a stats guy. I’m playing this game to win and build a legacy of winning. I’ve yet to do that. I’m searching for it. If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that.”

George is set to be a free agent next summer and was reportedly "hell bent" on joining the Lakers prior to getting traded from Indiana to Oklahoma City.

The 27-year-old star is coming off a season in which he averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.