Lakers Rumors: Paul George is “gone” from Oklahoma City

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The first-round exit to the uprising Utah Jazz may have done the damage to the confusing success of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season.

Recent Los Angeles Lakers rumors are going to make fans of the team very happy. Superstar forward Paul George is reportedly done with playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder after a disappointing series loss.

In the first round, Rookie of the Year contender and Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell outplayed George. Mitchell scored 38 points in the elimination game at Utah, while PG13 faded under Russell Westbrook‘s spotlight. George only managed to bank in two field goals out of a measly 16 shots.

Although ESPN’s “sources” are sometimes spotty, radio host Ryen Russillo said he talked with other NBA insiders to clarify that George was out.

Here is what Russillo said:

"“Today is the first time I’ve heard from anybody that I trust that George is gone. I don’t know where. It’s a ‘He’s gone’ deal. I heard Royce Young say George thinks he’s leaning toward staying. George made it seem in the press conference after Game 6 that he genuinely was torn and maybe even wanted to stay… I’m skeptical of sharing it […] because all of us watching (the press conference) were like, ‘Why would you even come back to this thing?’ And I was like, Where is he going then? And (the source) was like, ‘All we know is that he’s gone.’ […] I know what Royce Young said, and I saw that coverage of it. [. . .] But Paul George also is somebody who knows what to say. But I wouldn’t trust anything he says.”"

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Rumors swirled around of a PG13 departure since George infamously spoke with Jimmy Kimmel on a possible Lakers enticement. Adam Silver even fined Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson for tampering with his agent.

While Russillo never mentioned a specific team of George’s intentions, Washington Post reporter Tim Bontemps has the Lakers as clear favorites to land Paul George.

That being said, like LeBron James, we have no idea what is on George’s mind. Here is the itinerary. The Lakers are glistening with potential, cap room, and its Hollywood capital. Paul George is from Los Angeles. Magic Johnson will do anything for superstardom. He waited in the 2017 offseason.

George must look at the situation in Oklahoma City. It is among the smallest markets in the league. His point guard chucked up 43 shots in their last game of the season, rarely playing team ball while seceding to no one but himself. Unfortunately, the third “sidekick” is an aging, washed up former All-Star forward. [I can say that, right?]

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Time is a plenty for both sides to engage in an ongoing talk, with free agency moratorium periods starting on July 1. If Russillo proves correct, the statement media and fans alike have made will be true, and Paul George will play for the purple and gold next season.