Paul George is about to move past the trade deadline with the Oklahoma City Thunder feeling very good about the franchise a few months before his free agency.
“This is a very savvy, smart organization,” George said of the Thunder. “They understand that they’re about winning, and some things take time. I don't think when they brought us together, it was something...(where) they thought this was going to be a team that was (winning) 60, 70 (games). I think they knew it was going to be an adjustment, us three coming together.
“I've never been on a team with this much starpower. I know Russ had KD, and Melo has been used to being by himself, so I think what it comes down to is they know this is a process and they're putting all their chips into us. They're confident, and we're confident, in this thing working out.”
George has connected well with Russell Westbrook.
“It feels great,” he said of the fit with Westbrook. “Even tonight (against the Warriors), we were just pushing each other. When I came out early, I'm like, 'Russ, man, take it further. Push it further.' And then when I checked back in, he came out, 'P, take it further, push it further.' So it's great. I think we're feeding off each other. We're both different types of players, and I think that's why this is working so well.
“I'm a catch and shoot (player), like to play off the ball, and he's so great at attacking and getting in the paint and making guys like myself, making it easy for me. I think that's the reason why it's working. We just play really well off one another.”
George is excited for Oklahoma City's playoff run before his free agency.
“Well, I mean I'm happy here,” George said. “I'm happy here. I'm happy with this group. At the end of the season, it's still on my decision on what I need to do for my family. That has nothing to do with my happiness here though. I've been really happy. It's a great organization to be a part of, but again, you know, I don't want people looking at this and (saying) like, 'Hey, because he said it's his happiness at the end of the day (that he’s definitely re-signing).
“I don't know if whether I'm going to LA, or what I'm going to do this offseason. But I can say I am happy about being here. I'm happy with playing with Russ, happy with playing with Melo, and this organization. This front office has shown what they can do to go get pieces and how active they are about winning.”