Paul George to the Lakers
All throughout the first three months of the 2017-2018 season, this has been the storyline involving Paul George who was surprisingly traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the off-season. While playing alongside reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony seems to be a good position for PG13, the trade rumors won't simply die especially after the Thunder's 6-game winning streak got snapped and just like that, they are on a 2-game slide heading into their match-up against none other than the Los Angeles Lakers- the potential next destination of Paul George.
Despite their struggles, the Thunder have improved to 20-17 in the season which puts them in 5th place in the Western Conference. Yes, this is the same team which used to sit at the near bottom of the standings in the West during the early moments of the season and they are now becoming the team that they are supposed to be: a super team, right? However, despite coming into the game against the Lakers winning 7 of their last 10 games, their success won't cut the rumors out.
According to Russell Westbrook, there's one simple way for the Thunder to make sure that Paul George stays even after this season: win the NBA championship this season. And he isn't wrong in that part. Assuming that Paul George won't be traded this season, improving the team in time for the playoffs must be the top priority for the Thunder because Russel Westbrook has said that he won't be making any sales pitch to lure Paul George to stay in Oklahoma.
Fortunately for the Thunder, Paul George is focused on winning games for Oklahoma, for now. He indicated that he didn't have any regret in saying that he desired to play or his home city, Los Angeles but he is also grateful for the opportunity to play alongside talented guys like Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook- adding that they have the potential firepower to challenge for a championship. Well, Paul George isn't wrong in that part either.
The Thunder should easily win against the Lakers because Lonzo Ball is still out and the Lakers are still losing it, again. But, can the Thunder actually dethrone the Golden State Warriors should both squads meet in the Western Conference Finals? Firepower-wise, both squads are equal. Chemistry-wise? The Warriors have the edge.
Question: Will the Thunder be able to keep PG13 ?
Prediction: Paul George will be wearing the Purple and Gold. The only question is WHEN.