George says Lakers ticked he didn’t give them meeting

Paul George and the Thunder finished fourth in the Western Conference last season.

Nobody really expected star forward Paul George to re-join the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, and that seems to be especially true of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“L.A. was pissed at me,” George said on Chris Pfaff’s Short Story Long podcast. “I didn’t give Magic [Johnson] a [meeting]. But at that point, I knew I wanted to give it another shot. I didn’t want to prolong it and waste people’s time.”

Many expected George to join the Lakers after just one season with the Thunder. He was, after all, traded to Oklahoma City by the Indiana Pacers in the summer of 2017 without any say in the matter.

But despite the L.A. narrative, George formed a bond with star point guard Russell Westbrook, and enjoyed playing for Thunder coach Billy Donovan.

“I just felt comfortable,” George told Pfaff.

George, 28, averaged 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds last season, as the Thunder finished with the No. 4 seed in the West. They were knocked off by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs.

George signed a four-year, $137-million contract with the Thunder in July.

Since the end of last season, the Thunder have traded away forward Carmelo Anthony (now with the Houston Rockets), and added point guard Dennis Schroder from the Atlanta Hawks and center Nerlens Noel from the Dallas Mavericks.