George reiterates he’s open to staying with Thunder

Paul George doesn’t need a championship this season, just the idea that the Oklahoma City Thunder can realistically play for one someday.

That is basically what the Thunder forward said after his team hammered the host Los Angeles Lakers by a 133-96 count Wednesday.

George, of course, can become a free agent at the end of the season and his been linked to the Lakers.

“I’ve got a lot to think about,” George said. “This summer will be huge. I’ve got a lot to think about. If we’re trending, if we’re going in the right direction, if I feel there is something that we’re building, and there’s a foundation — it would be kind of clueless, just stupid on my behalf to up and leave.

“I’m very conscious that we’re only together for a year so far, and we continue to go in an upward trend. It’s best to stick with what we have and work on building. So, I wouldn’t say it’s championship or bust, or championship and I’m out. It’s all about building. If I like where we’re building or the level that we’re going at, it would be stupid to walk away from that.”

Prior to the game, Thunder star Russell Westbrook said he won’t be making a pitch to George following the season because it won’t be necessary.

“No. Sales pitch is gonna be when we win a championship,” Westbrook said. “Beat that pitch.”

The Lakers have lost eight straight.