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South California native Paul George admitted that he was tempted to signal with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier than becoming a member of the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
George, who signed four-year $137 million take care of the Thunder, mentioned that he wished to go house to California previous to being traded by the Indiana Pacers in 2017. The LA Lakers made their pitch of recruiting George with the “We Need Paul” chants when the Thunder performed on the Staples Middle.
“It was completely tempting. Actually, I wished to return again house. However once more, I received traded to Oklahoma. Cherished the scenario. Cherished the place I used to be at. I made a decision to stay round somewhat longer,” George mentioned.
The five-time All-Star additionally praised the Thunder’s gamble of re-signing him regardless of the fixed hypothesis that he could be heading to the LA Lakers on this summer time’s free company. It may be recalled that Thunder GM Sam Presti made a danger by buying and selling Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana with out being sure that George will re-sign with the Thunder.
George added that 2017 NBA Most Useful Participant Russell Westbrook made each effort to persuade him to remain in Oklahoma. The 28-year-old George additionally sang praises for Westbrook, whom he referred to as as real, genuine, and actual. George added that he needs to be round Westbrook, citing that the latter encourages and motivates him to play.
George Was An Very best Backup For James
Sports activities Illustrated’s Ben Golliver thinks that George would have been a really perfect teammate for LeBron James. Golliver added that had George signed with LA, it might significantly assist the Lakers of getting Kawhi Leonard.
Nonetheless, LA’s dream of a Large 3 has vanished into skinny air after George re-signed with the Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors. Presently, James is enjoying alongside quite a few kids and gamers who’re on one-year offers.
Large Signing For The Thunder
George, who put up an important all-around variety of 21.9 factors, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and a couple of steals final season is ready to offer the Thunder with an offensive increase after shedding Carmelo Anthony early this offseason. Anthony, who averaged 16.2 factors final season, was traded by the Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks in trade for Dennis Schroder.
Oklahoma entered final season with excessive expectations after bringing George and Anthony to crew up with Westbrook. Nonetheless, the crew did not put up an excellent impression after being eradicated by the Utah Jazz within the first spherical.
Apart from Schroder, the Thunder, which was half within the three-team commerce with the Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers, can also be set to obtain Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. The Thunder earlier acquired Nerlens Noel.
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