Paul George indicates he feels obligation to Thunder


George's future has been a subject of much debate in the post-season ahead of Friday's National Basketball Association free agency deadline. The Oklahoma City Thunder are growing increasingly optimistic about their chances of re-signing him.

George has spoken out about the free agency process and said his decision will be based on multiple factors.

It's obviously still possible that the Lakers could land George in free agency, but two other stars appear to be more-likely gets.

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George's camp showed interest in the Los Angeles Lakers past year before the Thunder made the deal with the Indiana Pacers to get him; Los Angeles is near his hometown. Here they have made a huge risk in trading for me, knowing I have one year on my deal, but I felt I didn't finish as strong as I could have. "Just knowing you left something on the table, even to this point now, it weighs on me".

The 5-time NBA All-Star is from Palmdale, California, where he was the Golden League Most Valuable Player and the Antelope Valley Press Player of the Year at Knight High School.

"This inside story is just another way that SportsCenter will offer distinctive content on free agency, one of the biggest offseason stories in the National Basketball Association", said David Roberts, ESPN vice president, network content, who oversees the 6 p.m. SportsCenter. He really likes Sam Presti the GM, Billy Donovan the coach. At that point, he said he preferred to play with the ball in his hands more and said coming off the bench is "out of the question". He can continue the foundation developed in a short amount of time with the Thunder or bolt for the familiarity that his hometown offers, possibly with another pretty good player by the name of LeBron James.