Paul George on uncertain future with Thunder: ‘It’s too soon’ to make decision
Friday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in six games after dropping a close 96-91 contest in Salt Lake City.
With the loss, the Thunder will now embark upon another offseason littered with questions. Paul George will become one of the most sought-after free agents of the summer, with rumors lingering of a potential “team-up” somewhere with LeBron James.
Immediately after the Thunder’s loss Friday, George weighed in on his summer plans and reflected upon his lone campaign in OKC.
Paul George on upcoming free agency: ""Amazing season. Really, a learning experience… It was great. It was a lot to be happy about… Everything's been unbelievable. It's too soon. I'd love to remain a Thunder, but that's what the summer is for." pic.twitter.com/lQAUDzznbp
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 28, 2018
Despite the enjoyment he may have experienced in Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Lakers have been plotting for a LeBron James/Paul George duo in Hollywood since the 2017 offseason.
According to recent reports, the Lakers’ motivation has not wavered and potentially remains a very real possibility. The Lakers have been trying to shed bloated contracts since last June, which they succeeded in doing in part by dealing Timofey Mozgov and D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Thunder’s “Big Three” has been a massive disappointment, though. On Friday, starters outside of Steven Adams shot 24-for-68 from the field (35%) with Carmelo Anthony shooting 3-of-7 and George shooting 2-of-16.
The overall fit of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo and George just never got in sync, with the Thunder having the same results as last season with another first-round exit. Reports have been coming out since June of 2017 that George, a Southern California native, has a strong desire to call Staples Center home. Whether LeBron joins him in LaLa Land is another matter, however.
That said, as far as the Thunder are concerned, the organization is without question facing yet another stressful offseason.