Paul George says Oklahoma City is somewhere he "can call home for years"


Paul George can barely hide his excitement at playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season and what they can achieve.

The small forward has high hopes for the team and following the recent capture of Carmelo Anthony, he believes they are ready to compete for a championship.

PG13 was traded from the Indiana Pacers earlier this summer but despite saying the move came unexpectedly to him, it's clear to see he's in an extremely positive frame of mind heading into the new campaign.

"Honestly, I'm happy," he told USA Today's Sam Amick. "The only thing I wanted out of Indiana was a chance to win my whole career there ... That's really what I want out of this, out of the league. I'm not looking for money. I'm not looking for stats. I want to win, and (to) be able to win at a high level."

OKC has been one of the most active teams this offseason adding several new faces along with George and Carmelo such as veteran duo Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton.

It is widely believed that PG has his heart set on a move to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, but the 27-year-old says he continues to be impressed with the Thunder organisation and refuses to rule out a long-term stay.

"It's year one, and (the Thunder have) proven - and I haven't even gone through a season yet - and they've already proven everything on my checklist (that) I can check off," George said.


"That's what feels good. That's what makes me feel like, 'Hey, this can be a landing spot for me, and somewhere I can call home for years.'"

It's clear that the mindset of the four-time All-Star is focused on winning and it'll, therefore, be strange to see him end up with the Lakers if the Thunder enjoys a successful season.

Despite the talent on their roster, the former Indiana star doesn't expect their pursuit of a ring to be easy.

"I'm not going into this situation thinking, you know, year one, or this year, playing with Russ and now playing with Melo, we're going to win the championship," he said.

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"I'm thinking we have a chance to win a championship. I know it's not going to be easy, and I'm not speaking on it being an easy road to a championship.

"We're going to have to fight for it, but I like the guys I'm going to battle with. I like, you know, how this is setting up. So again, it goes back to ultimately just having a chance to do it. That's what I'm most happy about in this situation."

It's uncertain what the future holds for OKC and George, but for now, they're on the same page and have one goal for the season ahead.

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