Amid opt out, Paul George has grown ‘comfortable’ in OKC

Amid opt out, Paul George has grown ‘comfortable’ in OKC

Amid opt out, Paul George has grown ‘comfortable’ in OKC

George has informed Thunder officials he'll decline the $20.7 million player option on the final year of his contract and hit unrestricted free agency July 1, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday, citing league sources.

George, a native of Southern California, and LeBron James are the focus of the Lakers free agent recruiting efforts.

The likes of the Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets can offer George a four-year deal worth $130.3m.

Wojnarowski added that George is still "seriously interested" in returning to OKC in addition to giving "serious consideration" to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The most talked about part of the N.B.A offseason is about to rise another level as hoop fans and insiders anticipate the beginning of the free agency period.

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.

Trying to find the right fit, what's the best place for me to raise my kids, a lot is playing into this, so it's a bit overwhelming...

George, 28, had a solid season for the Thunder, averaging 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

Despite George opting out of his deal with the Thunder, this comfort that he has developed with the franchise bodes well for a re-signing.

There was a report that recently came out where LeBron James' camp believes Paul George will remain in OKC for the future.

And Russell Westbrook has been in regular contact with George in an attempt to convince the five-time All-Star to stay.

That called into question the futures of several players, most notably George and Anthony, going forward. George scored just five points on 2-of-16 shooting in a Game 6 playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, and OKC failed to advance past the first round for the second straight season.

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