Paul George: Rumors swirl as agent hints of OKC Thunder re-signing star

Paul George OKC Thunder (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
Paul George OKC Thunder (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images) /

Many signs seem to point towards Paul George leaving Oklahoma City this summer, but word from his agent says otherwise.

Many Thunder fans have prepared themselves for the worst when it comes to Paul George this off season. However, a quote from George’s agent Aaron Mintz suggests he’d like to run it back with a healthy Andre Roberson.

Although maybe too good to be true, George has remained active with the Thunder organization and his teammates. George spent several days with Russell Westbrook and his son, while also keeping in touch with the Thunder’s medical staff for his knee surgery.

Take the report for what it’s worth, but the idea behind it makes sense. Roberson’s injury came just when the Thunder seemed to begin gelling. Oklahoma City had won six consecutive games before Roberson’s injury which occurred on January 27 in Detroit. The Thunder went on to finish out the win over the Pistons without Roberson and picked up the next game against Philadelphia before losing the next four games.

The Thunder had their highs and lows throughout the season, but it wasn’t until Sam Presti signed Corey Brewer in early March when they began to find their rhythm again. OKC went on to win six straight games three days after Brewer joined the team.

While Brewer did more than most expected, we can only wonder what could have been if Roberson stayed healthy. Roberson received 17 votes for the NBA All-Defensive team despite playing just 38 games.

George came close to being selected, receiving 22 votes. Having both on the floor in addition to Westbrook and Steven Adams made life difficult for opponents.

At this point, it’s hard to tell what to think. Rumors will continue to swirl up until the point George states his official decision.

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Regardless of what happens, Presti will be forced to act this off season. Westbrook is here to stay, and wasting time in the middle of his prime is not an option.