5 Josh Giddey replacements the Thunder should try to acquire this summer

The Thunder should explore these Josh Giddey replacements this offseason.
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3. Paul George

George has a $48.7 million player option for the 2024-25 season. He has been extension-eligible, but the two sides have not worked out a new contract. Kawhi Leonard extended in January. Most expected PG13 to follow, but it feels like he may test free agency at this stage.

George spent two seasons in Oklahoma City playing next to Russell Westbrook. He was first-team All-NBA and finished third in MVP voting in 2019 as the Thunder were ousted by the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. George decided to return home to Los Angeles after that season, and the trade brought Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to OKC.

The 33-year-old is still an elite two-way player and would certainly raise the Thunder’s ceiling. George can make plays, defend multiple positions, rebound, create turnovers, and space the floor along with being an elite scorer. Playing him next to SGA and Jalen Williams would give Oklahoma City the best two through four in the league.

Paul George signed an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018 before asking to be traded the following year. Do not rule out a reunion. This would make the Thunder a serious title contender and give PG13 a young core to lead. He is still searching for his first ring, and the Thunder are well-positioned in that race for years to come.