One of the looming free agency questions that must be answered this summer is the future of Paul George in the NBA. With there still being strong links of him joining other teams in the league, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, will he opt to stay put with Oklahoma City Thunder or play the field?
Los Angeles has been considered as a future destination for George for well over a season now since they have the resources to get him and it's also his hometown, but the man himself hasn't revealed an inkling on what he plans to do.
Some might believe the pressure is on the Thunder to perform in this year's playoffs in order to try and lure the small forward to stay put this summer. However, the Oklahoma City star has reiterated a point which he made earlier this season this week, which is how the team fares in the playoffs this season will not play a part of his big decision.
George told Royce Young of ESPN prior to the team's win against the Houston Rockets on Saturday: “As I told [ESPN’s] Rachel [Nichols], I can see myself being here. I’ve been happy here, I’ve been happy with the organization, happy with my teammates.
"Our record is not what we want it to be, but I think I’ve enjoyed just learning and being around these guys. So my answer is still the same.
"I’m not going to let the playoffs or how we finish this season persuade or indicate where I’m going to this offseason. I’m going to put everything into this and again, I can definitely see myself being here.
“This is our first year together. This is Year 1 for this group. We’ve got a chance to win it all, but realistically it takes time for things to build and chemistry to mesh. Just for everybody to be on the same page. So this wasn’t a championship or bust coming into this for me.
"It was just an opportunity to see what it’s like being here and just to naturally fall in love with it. And it’s been that. It’s been a lot of love here.”
The Thunder haven't clinched a playoff spot yet, but they did edge one step closer towards doing so with a good win against the Houston Rockets on Saturday. With another win against the Miami Heat on Monday, they will book their spot in the postseason.
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