Western Rumors: George, Schroder, Butler, Harris

Paul George made up his mind to stay with the Thunder weeks before free agency, which is why he didn’t bother meeting with the Lakers, Marc Spears of ESPN relays. George, speaking after a Team USA practice on Thursday, acknowledged Oklahoma City took a gamble by trading for him last offseason after he previously made it known he wanted to play in L.A. That gamble paid off, even though it was “tempting” to meet with the Lakers, according to George.

“Honestly, I wanted to come back home. But again, I got traded to [the Thunder],” he said. “Loved the situation. Loved where I was at. I decided to stick around a little longer. … I just wanted my free agency to be over with.”

George inked a four-year, $137MM deal to stay put.

In other developments around the Western Conference:

  • George is thrilled with the acquisition of Dennis Schroder from the Hawks, as Erik Horne of The Oklahoman passes along. Schroder was biggest piece OKC acquired from Atlanta in the Carmelo Anthony swap. “He’s not going to start, but hands down the best backup point guard in the league,” George said. “He’s that mid-tier star in our league, one of the best point guards in the league in general. … We’ve got another scorer, another playmaker and just another savvy guy in the locker room that can help us win ball games.”
  • Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler underwent a minor elective procedure on his right hand, the team’s PR department tweets. Butler has already returned to offseason activities.
  • Clippers forward Tobias Harris appreciated the team’s $80MM extension offer but ultimately decided he’d take his chances as an unrestricted free agent next summer, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports. “I think that as a player you never know, but just to get that offer was an amazing feeling,” Harris told Turner. “For me, I’m a kid who puts everything into the game and to have an organization come to me with that offer and to be able to present that was a really big accomplishment. It showed that the team valued me as a player.”
  • Warriors forward Draymond Green isn’t participating in the USA Basketball minicamp, Spears tweets. He joins many other stars, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, who decided to skip it.
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7 thoughts on “Western Rumors: George, Schroder, Butler, Harris

  1. Dionis

    Tobias Harris must be ready to average 25-27 ppg this coming season because it’s the only way he gets 100 million from any team in the league. I think he’ll have a breakout season and get re-signed. I’d say 24 ppg for Tobias.

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    • Reflect

      I would imagine he thought the offer was fair but he just doesn’t wanna stay with the Clippers.

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      • halos101

        Lol why wouldn’t he want to stay in LA. He didn’t take the offer cause he’s gonna make a lot more in free agency

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  2. Who wouldn’t wanna play & live in LA? LOL
    PG13 is totally right, no other PG from the bench is anywhere near as good as Schroeder, reality he is too good to be coming off the bench.

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  3. I was referring to Tobias Harris by the way, of course everyone would love to live in LA, that’s the dream, right?

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