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. But after the Pacers dealt the five-time All-Star to the Oklahoma City Thunder instead last year, he fell in love with his new team and playing with Russell Westbrook before eventually agreeing to a four-year, $137 million contract extension this past offseason.
"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."
폴 조지가 ESPN's The Undefeated와의 인터뷰에서 만약 인디애나가 본인을 오클라호마로 트레이드하지 않고
인디애나에서 1년을 더 뛰었다면 지금쯤 레이커스 유니폼을 입고 있을거라고 합니다.
George returns to Los Angeles for the first time since deciding to re-sign with Oklahoma City to play the LA Clippers on Friday.
"Going toward the summer and going toward free agency, I kind of had my mind made up talking with the team, talking with Russ and talking with the front-office," George said. "I kind of felt good where we were at. Last [season], I didn't get a chance to start with this team fresh. I got traded late. So, I picked up things late with the team. I wanted to get to it right away this time and start creating early."
지난 시즌에는 본인의 트레이드가 뒤늦게 결정되고 새로운 팀과 준비하는 과정이 늦었다는 것을 지적하면서 올해는 이 팀에서 좀 더 일찍 만들어가고 싶었다네요.