Part One of Paul George's Three-Part ESPN Free Agency Series

Ruben Holloway
June 28, 2018

The Oklahoma City Thunder are growing increasingly optimistic about their chances of re-signing him.

ESPN aired Part 1 of a three-part documentary series entitled "Paul George: My Journey" on Tuesday, and in it George made it clear that he intends to opt out of the final year of his contract.

George's future has been a subject of much debate in the post-season ahead of Friday's National Basketball Association free agency deadline.

Many have assumed for years that Paul George is destined to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers, and that could very well come to fruition this summer.

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"Here they have made a huge risk in trading for me, knowing I have one year on my deal", George says of the Thunder. He really likes Sam Presti the GM, Billy Donovan the coach.

George, a native of Southern California, and LeBron James are the focus of the Lakers free agent recruiting efforts.

But PG13's upcoming free agency is more than about just him. "A lot is playing into this, so it's a bit overwhelming". In this picture, George attends the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on February 18, 2018.

In 79 games last season, George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals per game in 36.6 minutes per game.

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Despite George opting out of his deal with the Thunder, this comfort that he has developed with the franchise bodes well for a re-signing.

The Thunder traded for Anthony and George to join Russell Westbrook before last season, moves that gave them high hopes of challenging Golden State in the West.

A year ago, George was locked in on heading to L.A. Now, that is very much in doubt.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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