Part One of Paul George's Three-Part ESPN Free Agency Series

Jo Caldwell
June 28, 2018

If the Oklahoma City Thunder want to keep Paul George, they'll have to do it the hard way.

Everyone is excited about LeBron James becoming a free agent, but look at this pitch the Los Angeles Lakers are making to Paul George.

That doesn't rule out George re-upping with OKC, though: The 28-year-old forward remains "seriously interested" in signing a new deal with the Thunder in free agency, per Wojnarowski.

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It's obviously still possible that the Lakers could land George in free agency, but two other stars appear to be more-likely gets. Added he likes Sam Presti, Billy Donovan, and playing with Russell Westbrook.

The final part, which has no announced air date as of now, will recap George's final decision when it eventually happens.

"It's a lot of things that go into it - trying to find the right fit, what's the best place for me to raise my kids", he said. In this picture, George attends the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on February 18, 2018.

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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.

Many around the league-including Chris Paul, apparently-think LeBron is headed to the purple and gold. George scored just five points on 2-of-16 shooting in a Game 6 playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, and OKC failed to advance past the first round for the second straight season. "A lot is playing into this, so it's a bit overwhelming". "I mean, honestly, I can't say it any more than that".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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