If Paul George decides to opt out of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder over the next couple of weeks, he will become one of the most sought-after free agents this summer, as any team in the NBA would love to have him on their team.
Many teams will put in a case for George, but only a handful of teams will likely be able to meet his requirements of a max contract, which is $10 million more than his player option with the Thunder which is worth $20.7 million.
For some time now, many people have known about PG13's desire to play in his hometown of Los Angeles with the Lakers, and it's well known as well that the team themselves is interested in acquiring his services.
However, the Lakers will be facing stiff competition for George's signature if he becomes a free agent, and according to Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN’s “NBA Draft: On the Clock” special, one of this year's Final Four teams will be aggressive in trying to sign the small forward, the Houston Rockets.
Woj stated that Oklahoma City has done a great job on selling him on a future there with the likes Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams and Billy Donovan, but the Lakers will always be considered since it's his hometown, and Houston is going to be aggressive in trying to acquire him too.
You can easily see why the Rockets are interested in trying to acquire George. They want to have him as part of a big three alongside James Harden and Chris Paul in order to make sure they get the better of the Golden State Warriors next season in the playoffs and increase their chances of booking a spot in the NBA Finals.
Since acquiring him from the Indiana Pacers last July, George has averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals across 79 appearances with OKC. He's yet to confirm who he will be playing his basketball for next season.
Until he does, the Thunder, Lakers, and Rockets amongst a bunch of other NBA teams will be doing their very best to convince PG13 to play for their team next season.
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