The team did such a good job of convincing George to re-sign that he would eventually never meet with the Lakers in free agency and quickly announced that he would remain with the Thunder once free agency began on July 1.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors are smiling at all of this news, since they too gambled to land a soon-to-be free agent superstar that reportedly has eyes for the Lakers, trading for Kawhi Leonard in July. I wanted to play in L.A. That is where I wanted to go.
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George had been heavily linked with joining the Lakers for several years during his stint with the Indiana Pacers.
"I wanted to go back home", George says. Last [season], I didn't get a chance to start with this team fresh.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether Ingram or Ball ever become a player of George's caliber, and we know teaming George with James would be an awfully good first step toward a competitive roster. So, I picked up things late with the team.
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George and the Thunder dropped their season opener to the Golden State Warriors, but Westbrook didn't play as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee.
George's decision to remain with the Thunder was a surprise to many. But despite the Thunder's shortcomings last season, George liked what he saw for the future with Westbrook signed long term, so he re-signed.
Oklahoma City were underwhelming in the playoffs with the trio of George, Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony failing to mount a title challenge.
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