Earlier this offseason, Paul George seemed destined, sooner or later, for a Los Angeles Lakers uniform.
But George recently told Sports Illustrated that such a scenario isn’t as likely as the NBA world seems to think it is. According to George, it would take a staggering improvement from the Lakers’ young core and/or the addition of another star or two.
“It’s too early for L.A.,” George told SI. “It would have to be a situation where the ball gets rolling and guys are hopping on. This guy commits, that guy commits. ‘Oh s—, now there’s a team forming.’ It has to be like that.”
LeBron James, whose relationship with the Cavaliers has apparently soured since the release of general manager David Griffin, will also be a free agent in 2018.
George’s chances at a title appear to matter most when it comes to his free agency.
“I grew up a Lakers and a Clippers fan. I idolized Kobe. There will always be a tie here, a connection here. People saying I want to come here, who doesn’t want to play for their hometown? That’s a dream come true, if you’re a kid growing up on the outskirts of L.A., to be the man in your city. But it’s definitely been overstated,” George said. “For me, it’s all about winning. I want to be in a good system, a good team. I want a shot to win it. I’m not a stats guy. I’m playing this game to win and build a legacy of winning. I’ve yet to do that. I’m searching for it. If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that.”