Wojnarowski added that George is still "seriously interested" in returning to OKC in addition to giving "serious consideration" to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
George's decision is hardly surprising. For one, he'll likely now sign a max contract. For another, there have been whispers for the past year that George wanted to play for his hometown Lakers and didn't want to return to the Thunder.
While those plans remain unclear, his options are now wide-open.
It is no secret that the Lakers intend to go hard after George considering he grew up in nearby Palmdale, California, and has long been linked to the franchise. And Sports Illustrated's Robin Lundberg reportedly obtained the pitch this week that the Lakers plan to use to lure George to L.A.
Also, George will be heavily linked to LeBron James throughout the free-agent process since it is believed the Lakers could potentially sign both wings. This week, OddsShark released odds on which other free agents are most likely to be LeBron's teammate in 2018-19. George has the best odds at 3-1 (+300), but it is considered more likely they won't team up, with odds of 11-50 (-450).
Per Sam Amick of USA Today, it will be "widely considered a big blow" to the Lakers' chances of signing James if George decides to re-sign with the Thunder.
George, 28, had a solid season for the Thunder, averaging 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Nonetheless, there was an adjustment period for the Thunder, as the additions of George and Carmelo Anthony didn't immediately jell with Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson, among others.
While the team made the playoffs, they were eliminated in the first round by the Utah Jazz. That called into question the futures of several players, most notably George and Anthony, going forward.
While George's skill set fit rather seamlessly next to Westbrook's ball-dominant style of play, Anthony never adjusted to the stretch-4, off-the-ball role the Thunder asked him to play. And Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, made it clear he had no intention of accepting a role off the bench anytime soon.
Melo reportedly decided last week that he would opt in on the final year of his contract in 2018-19 for nearly $28 million.
The George question is the bigger concern. The Thunder remain a playoff threat so long as Westbrook is in town, but whether they'll ascend to the level of the Golden State Warriors or Rockets in the Western Conference will be contingent upon if George returns.
This is a huge summer for the Thunder, and it either begins or ends with George.