Paul George

Report: Paul George to stay with Oklahoma City Thunder

Report: Paul George to stay with Oklahoma City Thunder

When we last checked in with Paul George, he was casually floating around the idea of coming to Boston in a segment on his multi-part SportsCenter special.

But there doesn't appear to be much depth to that idea. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, PG-13 is staying in Oklahoma City, for big money:

"I know who I am as a player, I just want to help a team win," George, the five-time All-Star, had previously told ESPN in his special. "And I feel comfortable doing so with Russ[ell Westbrook]. And then there's other places too, you know, from Boston, to Clippers..."

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Paul George mentions Boston as potential destination

Paul George mentions Boston as potential destination

Kawhi Leonard-to-Boston rumors and even LeBron James-to-Boston rumors have been prevalent this offseason, so why not add Paul George-to-Boston rumors to the mix?

In his ESPN special "My Journey" detailing his free agency decision, George brings up the Celtics as a potential landing spot.

"I know who I am as a player, I just want to help a team win," George says. "And I feel comfortable doing so with Russ[ell Westbrook]. And then there's other places too, you know, from Boston, to Clippers..."

Watch the clip from the special below:

George recently opted out of his contract with the Thunder. If the Celtics were to acquire him, they would need to do a sign-and-trade, sending at least one main piece to Oklahoma City.

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No 'elaborate pitch' for LeBron; Lakers' one to George leaked

No 'elaborate pitch' for LeBron; Lakers' one to George leaked

It's a tale of two pitches for potential NBA free agents LeBron James and Paul George.

In fact, it's a tale of no pitch for LeBron, who, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, "has no intention of hearing elaborate pitch meetings from teams" should he decide to again become the NBA's most sought-after free agent July 1. 

It sounds as if George, on the other hand, will get an elaborate pitch from the Lakers - also a rumored landing spot for James - that includes a poetic ode to playing for the team near his hometown of Palmdale, Calif.

Sports Illustrated reports that it has obtained the script for the voiceover the Lakers planned to use with their video for George. 

According to SI, "The person recruited to do the voiceover was told that it should be 'less Morgan Freeman/Denzel Washington, and more Jamie Foxx.'"

Here it is:

When you were just a kid

In your room
Dreaming from Palmdale

We were dreaming too.

While you dreamt, we built - built for your arrival

And while we dreamt, you built too
Becoming one of the world's greatest.

Life's most powerful dream are the one we realize ourselves. 

The ones that turn us into legends.
That kid from Palmdale always knew it
Now the world will, too

Back to LeBron, he's a heavy favorite to become a Laker, too, with, apparently no dreamy script necessary.
 

More from Shelburne's story:

James might meet or speak with a club official or owner at some point, but the elaborate presentations that have become common in NBA free agency over the years are unnecessary after 15 seasons in the league.

Should James become a free agent, league sources believe he and his agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini have enough understanding of the stakes and NBA landscape to handle the process without much fanfare.

So, if the Celtics DO make a LeBron pitch, you can probably cancel Tom Brady jetting in to be a part of it. 

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