Paul George 'untouchable' at trade deadline

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Carmelo Anthony (ankle) status in question for Oklahoma City Thunder's game against Los Angeles Lakers

Paul George says he enjoys playing for the Thunder and with teammates Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, but he is not ready to commit long term to Oklahoma City.

Head Coach Billy Donovan's club rolled out to an 11-point lead midway through the first quarter, but suddenly the offense ground to a halt when George and Raymond Felton checked out of the game.

Despite playing well with the Oklahoma City Thunder, many people still believe Paul George's future in the National Basketball Association is still up in the air, as there is still rumors stating he could switch to the Los Angeles Lakers over the summer. Rookie Josh Hart broke his streak of double-doubles but finished the game with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

However, the man himself has provided Oklahoma City with some relief, as he has stated in an interview with Sam Amick of USA Today that he is happy with the Thunder and that will play into his decision at the end of the season.

George started strong with 12 points in the opening 6:52, hitting his first five shots including three 3-pointers. The Lakers were led by a balanced attack that saw Kentavious Caldwell-Pope score 20 points, Brandon Ingram score 19 and three other score in double-figures.

During that game, the Lakers front court pair of Brook Lopez and Julius Randle combined for 39 points as the Lakers shot an impressive 43 percent from the three-point line. Patrick Patterson, who replaced Anthony, was scoreless in 26 minutes. Though Lonzo Ball has missed the last 11 games with a knee injury, as Los Angeles has gone 7-4 SU and ATS.

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The Lakers traded G Jordan Clarkson and F Larry Nance the Cleveland Cavaliers for G Isaiah Thomas, F Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick.

Lakers fans made it clear who they would like to see join the team, giving George a loud ovation when he was introduced as a starter.

The young Lakers do not have anyone who can really match up with the Thunder's Big Three, giving the road team another advantage here.

Rumors have constantly connected the USC product to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I don't know if whether I'm going to LA, or what I'm going to do this offseason", George adds.

The Thunder returns home to host Memphis Sunday at 6:00 pm at Chesapeake Arena.

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