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Overlook what occurred in 2016, the summer time of 2018 is now the epic one for the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. With new acquisition Paul George hitting unrestricted free company and franchise cornerstone Russell Westbrook probably happening the open market as properly, the Kevin Durant departure of final yr is now a forgotten reminiscence.

George has been saying all the fitting issues about Oklahoma Metropolis because the commerce that introduced him from over the Indiana Pacers, and on Wednesday he was formally launched by his new membership.

“I am not wanting previous 2017-2018. Me and Russ have one thing to construct now,” Westbrook stated, in response to KOCO-TV’s Carson Cunningham. “It might be one thing we need to proceed constructing. If Russ and I really like the place we’re at, I am open to (staying).”

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For the second straight summer time, the Thunder have been making an attempt to get Westbrook to signal a contract extension, however as of but he hasn’t accomplished so.

“Hopefully we will handle (free company) collectively,” George added Wednesday, per Cunningham. “Talk about what we constructed and to make selections based mostly off each other.”

George has downplayed rumors of himself aiming to return to his hometown of Los Angeles – additionally Westbrook’s hometown – in 2018, saying he simply needs to win. Dropping George would not be ideally suited for the Thunder, however there was an implicit rental danger in making the commerce within the first place. But, watching Westbrook depart as nicely can be catastrophic for the franchise, and one other extreme blow to small markets across the NBA.

“I’ve by no means had this type of assist, or a teammate this caliber,” George stated. “Sky is the restrict. Hopefully we will make magic occur.”