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Stein: ’Growing belief’ Paul George will stay in Oklahoma City

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Rumors continue to fly regarding the all-star forward.

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Marc Stein of the New York Times recently discussed Paul George’s free agent situation in his latest weekly newsletter, saying that there is a “growing belief around the league that Oklahoma City has a far better chance to retain the free agent-to-be (PG) than many believed when the Thunder crashed out of the first round of the playoffs.”

Here’s the full quote from Stein’s newsletter:

“There is a growing belief around the league that Oklahoma City has a far better chance to retain the free agent-to-be Paul George than many believed when the Thunder crashed out of the first round of the playoffs. As George prepares to field the Lakers’ long-anticipated interest, his willingness to post an Instagram picture of himself last month from a hospital bed after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee has helped to fuel the notion in some corners that he’s in no rush to leave OKC.”

The fact that this is even a discussion is a good sign for the Thunder. Over the past year, George going to Los Angeles seemed to be a done deal to many, but now it doesn’t seem so certain.

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