Paul George said in July that he would make his 2018 free agency decision in collaboration with Westbrook...
OKLAHOMA CITY -- All-Star small forward Paul George said Saturday that Russell Westbrook's five-year extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder will "absolutely" factor into his decision on his own future next summer.
"We've been on an unbelievable start right now, and for him to be committed here, it says a lot," George said. "
Not only in us pairing together, but just knowing what type of dude Russ is and his values and his beliefs and him being committed to this organization says a lot. And I'm one person that's enjoying it here, so I think when that time comes, the decision will be easier to make for myself."
On Friday, Westbrook inked the largest deal in NBA history, a five-year extension on his current contract worth $205 million.
"From the commitment from the front office all the way down to Russ, the commitment here is off the charts," George said.
George will hit unrestricted free agency next summer, with plenty of buzz circulating around the league about where he'll end up. Many presume he has an eye on his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. The Thunder traded for George hours before free agency opened last July, knowing his future was uncertain. George said in July when he was introduced that maybe he would make a decision in concert with Westbrook next summer, but that scenario is now off the board with Westbrook's extension already done. George said he wasn't surprised Westbrook committed early.
Could be that Westbrook committed to OKC because it is 205 million dollars. But it also could be that he and George want to play together as George in his recent interview mentioned the word commitment a handful of times. Could be a smokescreen. We have to hope that OKC runs into problems and loses a lot of games.
Edited by Jackson, September 30, 2017 - 12:56 PM.