When odds from Ladbrokes came out in July for Paul George's team in 2018-19, the Warriors were on the board, but not truly in the conversation.
The defending champs were ninth on the list as a 50-1 (+5000) long shot.
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Move forward a few weeks and the conversation has shifted. Golden State has entered the discussion, along with Oklahoma City, Boston, Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers, largely in thanks to some comments from Tim Kawakami of The Athletic.
"I think (Warriors owner) Joe Lacob is going to try to find a way to get Paul George," Kawakami said on a podcast with Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. "I don't know how that would happen, but I didn't know how it was going to happen three years ago when they said they were go after Durant. Well, they didn't say it. But they might have whispered it."
George, who was acquired via trade by the Thunder this offseason, is scheduled to be a free agent in 2018. OKC is aiming to keep George and Russell Westbrook on long-term deals, but with a potential free-for-all summer of free agency coming, virtually anything could be in play.
And OKC could have a tough decision to make around the trade deadline if it gets the sense that George is planning to leave following the season. The Warriors could try to sweep in and make a deal at that point, or they could try to make a run at him if he hits the market in the summer of 2018.
As Kawakami stated -- it's tough to say exactly what that would look like -- but Kevin Durant's decision to take less than the max this offseason gives Golden State a bit more flexibility.
Sportsbook Bookmaker.eu revealed updated odds this week for George's landing spot at the start of next season:
Which team will Paul George play for during 2018-19 NBA season?
Los Angeles Lakers +150 (Wager $100 to gain $150)
Oklahoma City Thunder +350
Golden State Warriors +750
Cleveland Cavaliers +1000
Field -250 (Wager $250 to gain $100)
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Pick: Even with this new twist, it's still tough to pick against the Lakers -- the team George reportedly wants to go to.
L.A. cleared the deck financially this offseason to make a run at multiple big-ticket free agents, so there are fewer complications in signing George to a long-term deal.