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What Paul George staying with Thunder means for Sixers

What Paul George staying with Thunder means for Sixers What Paul George staying with Thunder means for Sixers
Sidney Guerrero | 01 July, 2018, 19:15

He had until 11:59 p.m. on June 29 to decide whether or not to opt in.

The Thunder have long maintained that they want to keep George, whom they acquired a year ago in a trade with the Indiana Pacers. The Los Angeles Lakers will receive serious consideration too, sources said.

"Here they have made a huge risk in trading for me, knowing I have one year on my deal", George said in part one of SportsCenter's behind-the-scenes look at his free agency. He is one of three major National Basketball Association stars - along with Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James - who are rumored to be looking at a jump to the Lakers.

Paul George is arriving in Oklahoma City early Saturday evening, as Russell Westbrook is hosting a private party in town late Saturday night as free agency opens, sources told ESPN.

"With PG13 officially working on a new deal in Oklahoma City along with Carmelo Anthony opting in his contract is the thunder a team that LeBron James could actually go to?"

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Oklahoma City finished with 48 victories and the Western Conference's 4th seed but were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in 6 games in the first round of the playoffs. Not a decision I would make, but Paul's his own man.

At midnight eastern Saturday night (into Sunday morning), National Basketball Association free agency opens. "A lot is playing into this, so it's a bit overwhelming". Now the only fools are the ones in L.A. who will have to trade more assets than they otherwise might have before if they want to land George. "And I'm excited. I'm excited to go through this journey".

George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder and was named a third-team All-NBA performer. He apparently liked his time in OKC and feels he has unfinished business with Westbrook and his Thunder teammates. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks as he recovers from the injury. However, over the course of his first year in Oklahoma City, the organization reportedly did a tremendous job of selling the future to George. It didn't work out as planned. In fact, his PER ranked 55th in the National Basketball Association this year. Oklahoma City outscored opponents by 14.2 points per 100 possessions last season with its starters on the court, the second-best net rating among the 10 lineups that logged at least 500 minutes in 2017-18 according to NBA Advanced Stats.

Last year, PG was traded to the team after informing the Pacers that he would not be re-signing with them in order to join the Lakers in his hometown in light of his free agency.

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