Rockets will be ‘aggressive’ in pursuit of Paul George
The Houston Rockets are setting their sights on getting Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George in free agency. According to Sagar Trika of Blazer’ Edge, Houston intends to go after the two-way swingman in the summer.
Woj: Houston will be aggressive in trying to acquire Paul George.
— Sagar Trika (@BlazersBySagar) June 5, 2018
Of course, one caveat for the Rockets in order for them to sign George is for the forward to forego his player option with the Thunder which is worth $20.7 million. However, the Rockets could also promise George a max contract, which is $10 million more than his opt-in value with Oklahoma City. The Rockets could also try to get OKC sign George to an extension before shipping him to Houston.
With Rockets general manager Daryl Morey intent on strengthening his team following a bitter loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, adding a player of George’s caliber would be a big plus for the Rockets, though, it’s never going to be easy. Morey will also have to deal with Chris Paul and Clint Capela, who are both set to hit free agency.
In his first season with the Thunder, George posted averages of 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3,3 assists in 79 games. He also set a career-high mark of 2.0 steals per contest.
George arrived in Oklahoma City when he was traded there by the Indiana Pacers for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in July.
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