LeBron James and Paul George's decisions imminent

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The Los Angeles Lakers appear to be the biggest threat to the Thunder as they've held an interest in the five-time All-Star for over a year now.

In the weeks leading up to the official opening of free agency, the feeling around the league was that George was leaning toward returning to Oklahoma City next season.

But in a fresh twist today, George was spotted dining at an upmarket restaurant, Catch, in Los Angeles by ESPN reporter Arash Markazi. However, his year with the Thunder may have been enough to convince him that he can find more success for now with Westbrook in OKC.

George re-signing with the Thunder validates the high praise he had for Russell Westbrook and the organization as a whole throughout the season. I just want to help a team win. After a rocky initial conversation with the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers reportedly "re-engaged" trade talks for Kawhi, believing that landing the forward locks-in a LeBron signing. Growing up in California, he has long stated his desire to suit up for the Lakers and has been linked heavily to the hometown team in Los Angeles. That could play into the patient strategy Johnson is professing, but the Lakers may have to push their chips to the center of the table much sooner than they might prefer, if they want to make James's Friday decision that much easier. However, he could opt to sign a "one-and-one deal".




George's path through the free agency process is being documented in an ESPN mini-series, My Journey, during which the former Indiana Pacer revealed he would prioritise winning a championship over all else when choosing his next move.

Let the free agency frenzy begin.

"It's a lot of things that go into it - trying to find the right fit, what's the best place for me to raise my kids", George says in the first episode. George scored just five points on 2-of-16 shooting in a Game 6 playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, and OKC failed to advance past the first round for the second straight season. In a way, it's like I want to come here, and play for the home team and put a Lakers jersey on.

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