Paul George says Lakers were upset over not getting meeting
Paul George indicated during a recent interview that the Los Angeles Lakers were unhappy to say the least over the inability to land a free agency meeting with him.
“L.A. was pissed at me,” George said this week on Chris Pfaff’s Short Story Long podcast (as transcribed by Bleacher Report). “I didn’t give Magic [Johnson] a [meeting], which I understand. But at that point, I knew I wanted to give it another shot. I didn’t want to prolong it and waste people’s time.”
George’s tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder was expected to be brief, as all signs pointed to the forward returning to his roots in Southern California and playing for the Lakers, including hints from the superstar himself.
George surprised the NBA world by electing to re-up with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a four-year, $137 million contract at the onset of free agency in early July. He stated afterward he “loved the situation” in OKC, despite the lure of playing in L.A. near his hometown of Palmdale, Calif.
“Coming down to free agency, I didn’t want to waste any time,” George added on the podcast. “I wanted to give it another shot. I gave them one year. We played well against the best teams. I wanted to give it a real shot.”
George will remain paired with fellow superstar Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, with Carmelo Anthony leaving the Thunder and ultimately landing with the Houston Rockets after a pit stop with the Atlanta Hawks organization.
George, Westbrook and the Thunder, not to mention many other talented squads, face a formidable challenge in the loaded Western Conference. But it sounds like George is content with the situation.