Paul George touts ‘brotherhood’ with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony

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Paul George said Russell Westbrook advocating so vigorously for George as an All-Star made George’s impending free agency decision easier.

My inference: George was already leaning toward re-signing with the Thunder. If he were leaning the other way, his appreciation for Westbrook’s comments would have made the decision harder.

Still, it’s always possible George got carried away in the moment or I’m misinterpreting him. But these latest comments only reinforce the idea George will likely sign with Oklahoma City this summer despite persistent rumors about his hometown Lakers that really gained steam while he was with the Pacers.

George, via ESPN:

I obviously would have loved to go home. That was ideal when it was that time.

But now, being here and playing alongside Russ, playing alongside Melo, I’ve built a real brotherhood with those guys. If we’re here right now [holds hand at chest level], then where can we be next year [hold hand at eye level]? Where can we be the year after that [holds hand above head]?

Of course, L.A. is home. So, that’s always going to draw the attention.

But we’ll see. I won’t rule anything out. But I’m definitely happy where I’m at. I like where we’re going, and I want to see how this unfolds.

It still depends how the Thunder finish the season. They have plenty of time to build their case, for better or worse.

But the more George talks about free agency, the more he sounds like someone planning to stay in Oklahoma City.