Paul George seemed to enjoy his season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but everyone and their mother expects the All-Star forward to be playing for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in 2018-19.
That might not end up happening, though. A new report states that there's a "growing belief" George will not be a Laker.
Instead, George will re-sign with the Thunder.
The New York Times Marc Stein reports Oklahoma City has a "far better" chance of re-signing George than people originally thought.
From his newsletter:
There is a growing belief around the league that Oklahoma City has a far better chance to retain the free agent-to-be Paul George than many believed when the Thunder crashed out of the first round of the playoffs.
As George prepares to field the Lakers’ long-anticipated interest, his willingness to post an Instagram picture of himself last month from a hospital bed after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee has helped to fuel the notion in some corners that he’s in no rush to leave OKC.
Re-signing George would obviously be massive for the Thunder, who fell in the first round of the NBA Playoffs this past season.
Free agency begins on July 1. Stay tuned.