Lakers Rumors: LA's Pitch to Sign Paul George Has Been Revealed

Sherman Parsons
June 28, 2018

But the Thunder are able to offer as much as $175.7million over five years.

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.

But George reportedly also will give "serious consideration" to the Los Angeles Lakers, who long have been pegged as favorites to sign the Palmdale, Calif., native. He could also sign a "one-plus one" contract and return to free agency next summer.

In the seven-minute episode, George says he's aware that OKC took a risk by trading for him when he only had one year on his contract, and that after the Thunder were knocked out of the playoffs by the Jazz in the first round, he feels like he could've done more for them on the court. He really likes Sam Presti the GM, Billy Donovan the coach.

The Lakers are desperate to sign George and potentially add him to a line-up including LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.

Let the free agency frenzy begin.

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"I hope I make the majority of the people happy", George says.

George did not make as big of an impact as expected in his first season with the Thunder, and his last game of the year was arguably his worst.

There was a report that recently came out where LeBron James' camp believes Paul George will remain in OKC for the future.

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.

The 34-year-old Anthony had been the headliner his entire career - he's 19th in National Basketball Association history with 25,417 points - but he was more of a catch-and-shoot scorer last season instead of the isolation specialist he had always been. "A lot is playing into this, so it's a bit overwhelming".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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