Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Star Could Stay with Thunder on 2 — Paul George Rumors

It has been hard to ignore the whispers steadily rising in volume for the past month that George, the All-Star forward, is strongly considering signing a two- or three-year deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, George will not pick up the one-year option that remained on his contract with the Thunder. He has until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to formally decline the option.

He spent last season in Oklahoma City after being traded there from Indiana.

He is eligible to sign a five-year, $176 million contract extension if he re-signs with Oklahoma City. It gives George more control over his future.

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Los Angeles has been angling to sign LeBron James this offseason and they have also been aggressive in trade talks surrounding Kawhi Leonard. Beyond him, names like Chris Paul, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins are star-level talents who could look to take their talents elsewhere, in addition to the injury-riddled 2014 NBA Draft class entering restricted free agency. All of those players have their own major decisions to make, although Leonard's situation is the most complex, because he is still under contract with the Spurs for one more season. He's been linked countless times to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, but reports about George's comfort level in Oklahoma City and his good chemistry with Westbrook have done the Thunder's odds a great favor.

George's path through the free agency process is being documented in an ESPN mini-series, My Journey, during which the former Indiana Pacer revealed he would prioritise winning a championship over all else when choosing his next move.

The shooting guard spent the first seven years of his career with IN after they selected him 10th overall out of Fresno State IN 2010.

"It's a lot of things that go into it - trying to find the right fit, what's the best place for me to raise my kids", George says in the first episode.

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