Lakers in play as Paul George opts out of Oklahoma

JR Isaga
Lakers in play as Paul George opts out of Oklahoma


The All-Star forward becomes an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his final year of contract with the Thunder



MANILA, Philippines – Days after Carmelo Anthony opted in to his $27.9 million player option and stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder, another cog of the OKC “Big 3” is heading out the door.

All-Star forward Paul George has declined his $20.7 million player option from the Thunder and is now an unrestricted free agent, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

That means that the Los Angeles Lakers are finally in play to snag him up, after years of links to him. And the team and its rabid fanbase are going all in:

However, if Slam Dunk Champion Donovan Mitchell has any say on the matter, he’s doing all he can to recruit the former Indiana Pacers star to his Utah Jazz.

But according to ESPN’s Royce Young, “PG” going to the Lakers means launching a domino effect that could see Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard also donning the iconic purple and gold.

“It feels like Paul George is not going to make a decision completely independent of LeBron’s decision,” he said. “If LeBron goes to the Lakers and he goes first then you have to be sitting there with all eyes towards Paul George.”

Leonard, who has also been linked to the two stars, is just around the corner for a trade.

 The Spurs reengaging in talks with a Western Conference rival came just days after they explicitly said that they’d only deal with teams from the East.

With PG opting out of OKC, the first shot has been fired. Time will tell if Hollywood will indeed be in his stars. –

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