Despite a 15-15 record 30 games into their experimental three-way pairing of Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have no intent to trade George, according to a Bleacher Report...report.
This decision (which is obviously just temporary, and could easily change prior to the February 8 trade deadline) comes even though the Thunder admit that they are "under no delusions" that Paul will remain with the organization after hitting free agency this upcoming summer.
As for the four-time All-Star, he insists that he's enjoying his time in Oklahoma, and also says that there is no quit in the team even though they're off to an incredibly average start. "We all enjoy playing with one another," said George, who is averaging 19.9 ppg and also leads the NBA in steals. "This could possibly be me being here for multiple years. But … I'm not going to just throw it in and be like, 'No, I’m done with this.' We’ve got a long, long, long season ahead of us. And I’m committed to that."
Recent trade rumors have linked George to the Cavs, while
recent constant free agent rumors link him to the Lakers. (Though it's always hard to tell how many of those are just speculative BS or not.) George joined the Thunder this past offseason after he was dealt there by the Pacers, for whom he had played the past seven seasons, for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. In the same BR article, it says that OKC "were under no delusions" that George was committed to anything more than a single season there when they made that transaction this past summer.
OKC currently sits at 8th in the West.