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Paul George is “strongly considering” signing a two or three-year deal to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report from the New York Times.
The Thunder have done a great job of selling George on their future and the All-Star liked playing with Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams and for coach Billy Donovan.
During the regular season, George averaged 21.9 points for the Thunder while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc. He underwent a scope procedure on his left knee on May 9 and will likely return to offseason basketball activities at some point next week.
For the last two years, all we have heard is that George is intent on going home and playing for the Lakers. Los Angeles has cap space to sign two max contract players and are strong contenders for LeBron James.
After the Thunder lost to the Utah Jazz in the first-round of the playoffs, many surmised there was no way George would go back to OKC since the club underwhelmed.
But according to the New York Times, OKC has been in George’s ear nonstop.
“There is a growing belief around the league that Oklahoma City has a far better chance to retain the free agent-to-be Paul George than many believed when the Thunder crashed out of the first round of the playoffs,” New York Times reporter Marc Stein reported in his weekly newsletter. “I’ve heard even more support around the league for the idea that Oklahoma City can really convince George to stay.”
George can sign a two-year deal with the Thunder at $30.3 million next season and have a player option worth $32.7 million in 2019-20.