Despite the Oklahoma City Thunder’s struggles, the franchise is still banking on its big three of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to figure things out and be the lethal team everyone thought they would be.
Entering Tuesday, the Thunder have a record of just 15-15 and sit at the eighth spot in the rugged Western Conference. Both George and Anthony can be free agents after the season.
Executives around the league believe OKC could begin to consider a George trade if things continue to go south, but as of now, the team has shown no inclination to entertain trade discussions — according to Ken Berger of Bleacher Report:
“According to a league source with knowledge of the team’s thinking, the Thunder were under no delusions that George was committing to anything beyond this season when they shipped Oladipo and Sabonis—products of the Serge Ibaka trade with Orlando—to Indiana for the four-time All-Star. Furthermore, the source said, the team has shown no inclination to entertain trade discussions.”
George tells Bleacher Report he’s not giving up on the season no matter what the critics write and says he, Anthony and Westbrook are enjoying playing with each other.
“I want to put everything into this and see where that takes us,” George said. “I’m not giving up; I’m not giving in. I want to give this thing everything I have and we’ll see where it goes. We all enjoy playing with one another. This could possibly be me being here for multiple years.
“But, I’m not going to just throw it in and be like, ‘No, I’m done with this.’ We’ve got a long, long, long season ahead of us. And I’m committed to that. We’re going to turn this season around and we’re going to start playing the right way. I’m sure late in the season, in April and May, we’ll be happy where we’re at.”