Six days had passed since NBA free agency had begun, and Kawhi Leonard still had not made a decision on where he would be playing next season.
On Tuesday night the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered their third straight first round playoff series loss. Damian Lillard was able to knock down a contested 37 foot shot, sidestepping past Paul George and Russell Westbrook into the second round. As soon as the buzzer sounded the questions immediately started swirl around the Thunder locker room. Is Russell Westbrook at the end of his prime, and on the decline? Does Westbrook have the worst contract in the NBA? Can you win a championship with Russell Westbrook? Is it time that the Thunder turn the page and move on from Billy Donovan?
The reemergence of MVP caliber, 3 and D small forward Paul George has been one of the best revelations of this season. Paul George’s play so far this season is validating the reason he was the most sought-after free agent this past summer. George stunned everyone when he elected to re-sign with OKC to the tune of $137 million dollars over 4 years. No wonder Lakers fans were upset and booed him mercifully the other night. George lit the Lakers up to a tune of 37 PTS. One can only imagine how the Lakers would look if you plug George into that roster. He is having a career year averaging 27 PTS 8.1 TRB 4 AST on 45% shooting from the field. He is experiencing career highs in points, rebounds, steals, and field goal attempts.