The 2017-18 season could be a very exciting one for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they have a team that could potentially cause a stir in the Western Conference.
Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony have shown what they're capable of this campaign through impressive showings in the preseason, as the Thunder have a 2-1 record after three games played.
The future could be very bright for Oklahoma City with these three as part of a superteam, but for how long they will stay together remains to be seen, especially in the case of George.
The former Indiana Pacers star only has one mandatory year left on his current contract before his player option in 2018, and if he decides to take up that option, he could become a free agent next summer.
However, the small forward has spoken about his long-term future with the team, and he has said he is committed because he thinks he can build something great alongside Westbrook and Anthony.
George said, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical: “I’m committed here, we’re all committed. We want this to happen and we want this to work really well. Once we get on the court, it’s been like magic. We understand one another, we have a feel for one another, we know each other’s games so well. We want to make the most out of it, to be in the best position to succeed.
“Being able to acquire talented guys, superstar guys, All-Star guys in a small market, still being able to compete in the best conference, that stands out more than anything.
"That’s been a knock on the small markets, that they can’t acquire big names or big talents. This organization has and does. They have been competitive ever since they have been in this market. And for us, it’s come in and do our job, that’s play basketball. They roll out the red carpet. You understand why this organization and the players have that unity of wanting to stay together.”
It's all good him saying this, but Thunder fans won't be satisfied with these comments about his commitment to the team until he either signs a new contract extending his stay with the team or waives his 2018 player option.
If the team has great success this season, it could influence him into signing a new deal, rather than leaving in free agency. They've been playing well during the preseason so far, so this is a promising sign. A new powerhouse in the NBA could be on the horizon.