Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Paul George indicates he feels obligation to Thunder

Paul George indicates he feels obligation to Thunder

That doesn't rule out George re-upping with OKC, though: The 28-year-old forward remains "seriously interested" in signing a new deal with the Thunder in free agency, per Wojnarowski.

Now, he is eligible to sign a five-year, $176 million contract extension this summer with Oklahoma City.

The last time ESPN aired a special on a player's impending free agency and their decision, the city of Cleveland lost their collective minds and nearly burned the town down after LeBron James bolted to Miami. One of the biggest stories this summer will be where he decides to continue in his career, and fans will get an in-depth look into his thought process thanks to SportsCenter.

In the seven-minute episode, George says he's aware that OKC took a risk by trading for him when he only had one year on his contract, and that after the Thunder were knocked out of the playoffs by the Jazz in the first round, he feels like he could've done more for them on the court.

Sources have also said that George will likely also consider the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers are the favorite to land LeBron in free agency and are probably the favorite to trade for Kawhi. "But I felt I didn't finish as strong as I could have".

The 5-time NBA All-Star is from Palmdale, California, where he was the Golden League Most Valuable Player and the Antelope Valley Press Player of the Year at Knight High School. "Just knowing you left something on the table, even to this point now, it weighs on me". "They checked the boxes on what needs to be checked". George said going home would be enticing, but that wouldn't be the determining factor. "That's the only thing that it will come down to". Thunder general manager Sam Presti said at the end of the season that he doesn't expect Anthony's role to change. "I personally think he did an excellent job in his first year transitioning his game, working to becoming more of an off-the-ball player, being more reliant on other people to generate his offense, and sacrificing a lot".

"I was really excited about playing alongside Russ, one of the best players, and at that time, had just won the MVP".

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