Russell Westbrook, what's your pitch to keep Paul George? "When we win a championship"




 

Some teams backed off their pursuit of Paul George last summer in part because the people around him were not subtle about saying he was going to the Lakers as a free agent in 2018.

Oklahoma City wasn't one of them, they went all in on a Paul George/Russell Westbrook/Carmelo Anthony big three, convinced they could sell George on staying. After a slow start to the season as the Thunder lost a lot of close games and those three stars didn't play well off one another, things have started to turn around of late (at least until the last two games, both close losses). For a lot of people around the league the conventional wisdom has not changed: George is going to leave OKC to be a Laker next summer.

At shootaround Wednesday - before the Thunder take on the Lakers at Staples Center (where George will hear a lot of cheers from the fans - Westbrook was asked his pitch to keep George from heading West next July. Via Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.


Westbrook has never lacked for confidence. You have to love that about him. For the record, fivethirtyeight.com has the Thunder with a three percent chance to win the NBA title. If anything, that feels a little generous. The Thunder's slow start has dug them a hole in terms of playoff positioning (OKC is likely the four or five seed, so a tough first-round matchup then likely the Warriors in the second round) they likely cannot climb out of. Plus, who is their fifth crunch-time player they trust?

If the Thunder are out in the second round, is that enough to keep George?

Also last summer, the Lakers were fined for tampering with Paul George, reportedly because of contact between GM Rob Pelinka and George's agent (if Pelinka said the Lakers were interested - is that actually news or tampering in a meaningful way?). George also addressed the tampering issue, saying the Pacers were put off by his friendship with Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw (which goes back to when both were in Indiana), but there was no recruiting.


At this point, how much do the Lakers need to recruit George?

COMMENTS

More Related News

JaVale McGee: Lakers are going to be
JaVale McGee: Lakers are going to be 'one of the most fun teams ever'

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee expects the personalities in their new-look locker room to mesh and provide plenty of fun.

Michael Beasley reportedly joins Lakers on one-year contract
Michael Beasley reportedly joins Lakers on one-year contract

That Laker locker room next season...

Kevin Durant Praises LeBron James
Kevin Durant Praises LeBron James' Lakers Move

Kevin Durant might still be celebrating the Golden State Warriors' most recent NBA championship win, but LeBron James is the new talk of the town. During a keynote Q&A at Variety's Sports and Entertainment Breakfast on Thursday at the Beverly Hilton, Durant spoke about James' recent historic signing

Why didn
Why didn't the Lakers sign DeMarcus Cousins? Ex-Cavs GM seems perplexed

The Lakers landed LeBron James. "I don't really understand exactly where they're going from the standpoint of playoff basketball," Griffin said Wednesday on KNBR 680. "I get it -- if you want to put multiple playmakers out there and make the game a little easier for LeBron to play, I totally understand. The Warriors ended up getting DeMarcus Cousins at the taxpayer mid-level exception of $5,337,000.

Kawhi Leonard joins Raptors in the East; it could be good news for the Bulls
Kawhi Leonard joins Raptors in the East; it could be good news for the Bulls

Kawhi Leonard has joined the Raptors in a trade that also sent DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs. That doesn't mean much right now, but it could be a long-term gain for the Bulls.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Basketball

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.