One of the most sought-after players this offseason will be Paul George, especially if he decides to take up his player option and leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to become a free agent.
If George does become a free agent, many teams will put attractive offers on the table in order to try and lure the small forward to their franchise.
The Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be the front-runners for his signature this summer since he played in OKC last season, and Los Angeles is his hometown. He's also been heavily linked to the Lakers for over a year now.
George to Jazz
Another team that might be interested in acquiring George this summer is the Utah Jazz, or at least their star player in Donovan Mitchell is interested in PG13 becoming his teammate on the court.
Speaking on a podcast with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Mitchell has said he "definitely" plans to talk with George when free agency opens on July 1 as they share the same passion of wanting to win.
He said, according to Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune: “I was the lead recruiter at Louisville. I think I signed four or five guys before I left. I think I can recruit some guys. Coach (Rick Pitino) and coach Kenny Johnson taught me some things.
“He’s due. I think it’s July 1. I’m definitely going to have that conversation.
“Why not play with us? You look at how we move the ball. We play with guys who don’t care who scores the most, who rebounds the most. … We play with guys who genuinely want to win.”
Mitchell added: “You can only imagine what we’d be able to do if we had that one big piece. It would be great. If not, like I said, we trust our abilities to do well. But it would be great to have that one piece like you’re talking about.”
The Jazz front office could potentially clear enough cap space to make a major free agent acquisition this summer, and it sounds like Mitchell wants their major addition to be George.
We'll have to wait and see until later this summer to find out what decision George will make.
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