Paul George will join the Oklahoma City Thunder for next season, but in 2018 he could doom the San Antonio Spurs on another team.
Paul George rumors filled the month of June, around the time of the 2017 NBA Draft. The San Antonio Spurs were one of a handful of teams linked to him, before the Oklahoma City Thunder swooped in with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
The Indiana Pacers dealt George after he refused to commit after the 2017-18 season. Even on the Thunder, the situation remains the same, according to ESPN’s Royce Young. He reported on The Jump that the odds of PG13 on OKC in 2018 “aren’t great.”
The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami then went on Posting Up With Tim Bontemps to speculate that the Golden State Warriors will make a run at George in July 2018. He thinks Warriors owner Joe Lacob will attempt to pull it off.
Well, George on the Warriors won’t make the Spurs’ attempt to outdo them any easier. However, this potential signing is easier said than done.
The Warriors have $130.5 million in committed salary for the 2018-19 season if Kevin Durant opts into his $26 million deal. They just re-signed Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston to multi-year deals this offseason, too. Oh, and Stephen Curry received a $200 million deal to make give him one of the richest contracts in NBA history. So, money is a bit tied up.
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Unless pay cuts are taken or the Warriors choose to trade one of their Core Four, it seems like a difficult signing to pull off. Stranger things have happened, though.
George may not be clear of the Western Conference, as the Los Angeles Lakers were considered a favorite for him before the Thunder trade and afterward. The Fresno State product is from California, and has long been linked to the Purple and Gold.
Even though the odds of the Spurs dealing with George on another team in the West for years to come, don’t rule out a run from the organization. With all the money that’s coming off the books after next season (pending LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, and Danny Green all opt out), it will be interesting to see if the front office attempts to sign the four-time All-Star.
George could be a Western Conference threat for years to come, whether it’s on the Lakers or Thunder. Where will he be in the summer of 2018?