The Oklahoma City Thunder pay a visit to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time for Paul George to answer questions about a team other than the Thunder.
George, of course, is currently a member of the Thunder. But that’s almost beside the point half the time.
He’s reportedly been spending about a year with one eye on the Lakers. He can become a free agent at the end of the season, and the idea that he could end up with the Lakers just won’t go away.
This despite the fact the Lakers (11-25) are currently horrible and the Thunder (20-17) are still finding their way around the Big Three of George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony.
“It comes down to just being grateful and happy where you’re at. You just never know,” George told reporters. “I’ve been on a team in Indiana where I thought we’d be together for my whole career. You never know. You gotta be grateful and live in the moment. And that moment for me is starting again with this group. Being out there with Melo, with Russ, the talent that we have — again, you’re in that moment. You’re living in that moment.
“It’s crazy to think where we can get to the more we build. We’ve only been together for a couple months. You’ve gotta think of the bigger picture when it comes to a situation like this.”
In other words, George is sure he isn’t sure — though it sounds like remaining in OKC is at least a possibility.
That may be something fans of the Lakers don’t want to hear, as George was always an All-Star in the East. In the West? If healthy, then most likely.
On a team like LA, a young team centered on the likes of rookies Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, a player like George could make all the difference in the world.