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If Paul George decides to not return home and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this season and chooses to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder, that would be a blow to the Lakers’ hopes of luring LeBron James to LA this summer.
According to a report by Sam Amick of USA Today, the tea leaves are pointing to George possibility deciding to remain with the Thunder for at least a second season.
“There is all sorts of optimism in Oklahoma City that George will re-sign,” Amick writes. “Conversely, there’s pessimism in James’ camp that George would leave Oklahoma City.”
Which would not be good news for the Lakers, according to Amick.
“That would be widely considered a big blow to the Lakers’ chances of landing James,” he said.
The Lakers’ dream scenario this summer has been to sign both James — should be decline his $35.6 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers — and George as free agents and to convince the San Antonio Spurs to trade Kawhi Leonard.
However, with George apparently considering remaining with Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and with the Spurs reportedly vowing to either re-sign Leonard, who has one season left on his contract, longterm or to trade him to an Eastern Conference team, the Lakers’ dreams might remain just that.