The noise around All-Star forward Paul George‘s upcoming free agency plans has continued to remain the course over the last year with the constant chatter being centered on his strong interest to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
With the free agency period quickly approaching that is now just under two weeks away, this conversation has only grown louder around the 28-year-old. According to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, the latest talk around George is that both his wife and parents are pushing him to sign with the Lakers this summer.
“Folks are not so sure Paul George is coming to L.A. From what I’m being told, Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder are going to back up the Brinks truck for Paul George. They’re going to offer him the max. Because they’re going to offer him the max, combined with the fact that Russell Westbrook shows him a lot of love and they seem to get along pretty well, and they’ve got a future together, Paul George is a sentimental type. And as a result, it’s going to be hard for him to pull away from that relationship with Russell Westbrook. Here’s the problem: the wife would rather be in L.A. Paul George’s parents, from what I’m told, would rather him be in L.A.”
It all appears that George headed toward a huge decision of having to weigh what he his preference is over what his family desires him to do. There does lie a prevalent internal push to go to the Lakers, but that there is also the pull to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder given his budding relationship with Russell Westbrook.
This could present the possibility that he does either opt into the final year of his contract or could re-sign on a max deal in free agency with Oklahoma City. However, it is hard to believe that he wouldn’t at least have a sit down with Los Angeles especially given the possibility that four-time league MVP LeBron James could be on his way as well.
There is plenty for George to consider over the next several days with him having to first make up his mind if he’s going to opt out of the final year of his current deal or pick it up by June 29. This will only heighten the pressure on the decision that will dictate this next chapter of his career.