Paul George told members of the media that he wants to retire with the LA Clippers.
George touched on a number of subjects including the loss in last season’s playoffs, preparing for the upcoming season, the change from Doc Rivers to Ty Lue. Most notably, though, was his statement that he wants to retire as a member of the Clippers.
Lawrence Frank took questions from the media earlier in the week and stated that the team absolutely was looking to extend George who can enter free agency this upcoming offseason. With the front office giving up so much for the duo of Leonard (who can also enter free agency) and George for only two guaranteed seasons, there was always a small shadow of a doubt that hung around. George’s statements help cast some of that away.
George mentioned how the Clippers are one of the teams he grew up rooting for and that how playing at home meant a lot to him. The statement “I want to retire a Clipper” is a pretty powerful one, something this franchise does not hear all too often.
We don’t yet know what negotiations, if any, have happened between the Clippers and George but this has to be an extremely positive sign to management. Seeing as how Kawhi asked the front office to bring PG in specifically, this could also signify that Kawhi is likely to re-sign this summer.
PG noted that the two have worked out a few times this offseason and talked about how they can ultimately win here by bringing the right attitude.
The LA Clippers tip off in just a few short weeks on opening night against the Los Angeles Lakers followed by a Christmas Day battle versus the Denver Nuggets. PG is saying all the right things now after a poor playoff performance. Hopefully, those statements translate onto the court and fans can see exactly what the front office sees out of the superstar forward.