Paul George's future with the Oklahoma City Thunder has been a mystery since he was first traded there a year ago. Their dissapointing end to the season didn't help their chances of keeping him, either.
That's likely why the Lakers have continued to stay at the surface regarding the rumors of his next potential destination. Chances are if he doesn't resign with the Thunder, he'll end up in Los Angeles.
But recently, Marc Stein of The New York Times pointed out that PG may be considering an option nobody had thought about before.
More than one rival team has suggested to me that they expect George to strongly consider a two-year deal with the Thunder at $30.3 million next season and $32.7 million in 2019-20 that includes a player option to return to free agency next summer.
A two year deal with OKC would make a lot of sense. Instead of taking a long-term risk, both sides have an out after one season if things don't work out. Although, perhaps with another season together, they might be able to improve.
Regardless, it's a real possibility as the FA period draws closer. For the Lakers, they'll soon realize that the chances of him signing with them (at least this summer) is far from being a guarantee.