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Paul George intends to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder after just one season with the organization, according to ESPN’s Ryen Russillo, citing a source on his radio program.
George and the Thunder were bounced by the Utah Jazz in the first-round of the Western Conference playoffs Sunday. He said afterward that it’s too soon to think about free agency — but Russillo indicated his source said George has already made up his mind to leave.
“Today is the first time I’ve heard from anybody that I trust that George is gone,” Russillo said. ““Today is the first time I’ve heard from anybody that I trust that George is gone.”
George was acquired last summer by the Thunder from the Indiana Pacers. During the regular season, George averaged 21.9 points while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc.
In the six-game series versus Utah, George put up 24.7 points per contest, but went out on a sour note, scoring a mere five points on 2-of-16 shooting in the Game 6 loss.
The Los Angeles Lakers are said to be the team that would interest George the most in free agency.