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For the reason that starting of the season, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder have operated below the notion that Paul George may merely be on mortgage for the yr. That was an opportunity they had been keen to take final summer season once they traded what they believed on the time to be spare elements (Hello, Victor Oladipo) in hopes they might persuade George to eschew his dream of taking part in for his hometown Lakers and signal with OKC for the long-term.

A giant a part of their pitch was all the time going to be a sure diploma of postseason success (bear in mind when Russell Westbrook pointed to an NBA title as the one pitch he’d want?). However now after a fast first-round exit, his future with the Thunder has by no means been extra unsure.

He was understandably circumspect about it throughout his press convention after their Recreation 6 loss and once more throughout his exit interview, however based on a brand new report, the All-Star ahead is already out the door.

Through Ryen Russillo of ESPN’s The Russillo Present:

“Westbrook has to alter and I don’t suppose he can. You possibly can rent ten coaches for the following ten years. He’s not going to hearken to any of them. The teammates can’t stand it. Right now is the primary time I’ve heard from anyone that I belief that George is gone. So I’m sharing that now.”

Westbrook has develop into one thing of straw man in these debates, particularly in mild of Oladipo’s emergence in Indiana this season. And although Russ took an astounding 46 pictures of their Recreation 6 loss, George bears loads of accountability for failing to say himself within the later video games of that sequence, regardless of the self-proclaimed delivery of “Playoff P” of their opening salvo towards the Jazz.

Nonetheless, something can occur, and although free company doesn’t formally begin till July 1, it’s a protected guess that each one the groups vying for his providers — his hometown Lakers chief amongst them — are already lining up their geese with a view to take advantage of engaging pitch attainable.

(Through ESPN)

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