Earlier this offseason, superstar Paul George notified the Indiana Pacers front office that he had no plans of re-signing with the franchise when he hit the free agency market in 2018. He’s persuading a request to trade him out of the Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis the night prior to the start of the free agency period.
The four-time NBA All-Star Paul George is determined on heading to the west coast when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, leading most to conjecture that the Los Angeles Lakers, his hometown team, might be the organization to benefit from such a move. But if the Golden State Warriors franchise owner Joe Lacob has anything to do with it, the All-Star forward could end up in the Bay Area playing for the defending NBA champion.
Here’s what The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami said regarding a potential Warriors strive of George in a recent podcast discussion with The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps.
“Marcus and I have teased this for more than a year. We think they’re going to go after Paul George somehow. I think Joe Lacob is going to try to find a way to get Paul George. I don’t know how that would happen, but I didn’t know how it was going to happen three years ago when they said they were go after Durant. Well, they didn’t say it. But they might have whispered it.”
Kawakami indicates that in spite the very bright outlook for the Golden State in the short-term, any opportunity for Lacob to grab younger weapons like George, a 27-year-old in the prime of his professional NBA career, the franchise will make that action and “try anything” without causing turmoil in the chemistry of one of the greatest NBA rosters ever built.
One outline in a pursuit for the reigning NBA champs would evidently be to wait out his free agency and make a pitch for him in the offseason of 2018. But another, potentially more encouraging parade, would be to try and work a deal with the OKC ahead of the trade deadline to send Fresno State product to Golden State. The Warriors needs to absorb his near $20 million salary should they want to sign him.