Paul George says he “would have been in a Lakers uniform” had Indy not traded him to OKC last year.
George was determined to play in his hometown of L.A.
Paul George revealed to ESPN's The Undefeated that he "would have been in a Lakers uniform" if he had never been traded from the Indiana Pacers.
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PG ended up inking a four-year max deal with the Thunder this summer, and credits their front-office for taking a “hell of a gamble” on him.
“It was 50-50 on deciding whether I wanted to come back home or if it was smarter to be in the situation I am in now,” George told The Undefeated. “But it wasn’t overstated. I wanted to play in L.A. That is where I wanted to go. Had that trade never went down, had I played one more year in Indy, I would have been in a Lakers uniform.”
Looking back, George praised [Thunder GM Sam] Presti for gambling on him.
“It was a hell of a gamble. That was balls to go against L.A. They tried it, tested their luck and Sam came up lucky,” George said.