The Oklahoma City Thunder were bounced in the first-round of the Western Conference playoffs by the Utah Jazz in six games and now the focus of the offseason will be whether or not small forward Paul George comes back.
George will be an unrestricted free-agent once July 1 hits and a new report suggests he won’t return to the Thunder.
Former ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo, who is well-connected in NBA circles, said Tuesday during the Ryen Russillo Show that George is “gone” from OKC.
“Today is the first time I’ve heard from anybody that I trust that George is gone,” Russillo said.
George was acquired last summer by the Thunder from the Indiana Pacers. During the regular season, George averaged 21.9 points while shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc.
In the six-game series versus Utah, George put up 24.7 points per contest, but went out on a sour note, scoring a mere five points on 2-of-16 shooting in the Game 6 loss.
At his end-of-the-season presser, George said all the right things, saying he wants to re-sign with the Thunder and that he enjoyed his first season there.
But as Russillo states in his show, George is known as someone who knows what to say to the media: