In an interview with Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, George expressed his belief that his perceived desire to play for the Lakers has been blown out of proportion:
"I grew up a Lakers and a Clippers fan. I idolized Kobe [Bryant]. There will always be a tie here, a connection here. People saying I want to come here, who doesn't want to play for their hometown? That's a dream come true, if you're a kid growing up on the outskirts of L.A., to be the man in your city. But it's definitely been overstated. For me, it's all about winning. I want to be in a good system, a good team. I want a shot to win it. I'm not a stats guy. I'm playing this game to win and build a legacy of winning. I've yet to do that. I'm searching for it. If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I'd be dumb to want to leave that."
George can become a free agent next offseason, and Sam Amick of USA Today reported in February that the star is "hell-bent" on joining the Lakers when he hits the open market.
George did make it clear he wouldn't re-sign with the Pacers, which led to his trade to OKC for guard Victor Oladipo and big man Domantas Sabonis.
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The 27-year-old George is a four-time All-Star who is coming off one of his best statistical seasons after averaging a career-high 23.7 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals.
George also shot 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and a career-best 46.1 percent from the field.
In Oklahoma City, George will join a Thunder team that fell in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last season to the Houston Rockets.