For almost two years now, NBA fans have assumed that superstar Paul George, when he became a free agent in 2018, would leave whichever franchise he was playing for to sign with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. Now that George actually has the decision to make, it doesn't look so clear-cut.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, on The Dan Patrick Show Friday, actually said that signs are "pointing to" George staying in Oklahoma City. That means he'd be signing up for at least one more year with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in a quest to make some noise in the Western Conference.
Shelburne reports that George potentially staying with the Thunder has thrown a wrench into Los Angeles' plans. It was thought for a long time that George and fellow free agent star LeBron James could head to the Lakers together.
"I guess the best case (for the Lakers) is that the original plan holds up, right? They get LeBron and Paul George and add another star somewhere in between? But, I think there is a sense right now that the original plan is not in play right now. Because Paul George seems to be staying in Oklahoma City.
At least that's all the indications that everyone seems to have right now. It's the feel I have certainly as a reporter talking to people. That's why you're seeing all the wildness you've seen this last week."
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At the moment, there are three major moving parts in NBA free agency - LeBron's decision, George's decision and what the Spurs decide to do with Kawhi Leonard, who wants a trade to the Lakers. It's going to be an interesting few days.