Paul George and LeBron James have been the team's top targets for those slots since new team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka took over, and according to one report, that plan will come to fruition. It's increased more in recent months with Los Angeles putting itself in prime position to land two max-contract free agents this summer.
They want to have him as part of a big three alongside James Harden and Chris Paul in order to make sure they get the better of the Golden State Warriors next season in the playoffs and increase their chances of booking a spot in the NBA Finals.
"When the Rockets made that deal for Chris Paul knowing they would re-sign him". He still has yet to officially become a free agent as he has until June 29 to opt out of his player option for next season, but it's a formality at this point that he'll do so.
During ESPN's "NBA Draft: On the Clock" special on Tuesday, star basketball reporter Adrian Wojnarowski spoke on Paul George's impending free agency this summer. "I don't imagine it playing out that way". However, paying Paul $46-47 million per year will bury the Rockets deep in the luxury tax hell.
In his first season with the Rockets, Paul averaged 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
Chris Paul is undeniably one of the main reasons why the Rockets became the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and nearly eliminated the Golden State Warriors in the conference finals. If they give Paul a max contract, it remains a huge mystery how the Rockets will be able to sign LeBron James.
George will surely have no shortage of potential teams trying to sign him, but it appears as though the Thunder may have a leg up on teams like the Lakers, Rockets and 76ers in free agency. Paul has suffered multiple injuries in the past, and at 33, no one can deny the fact that he's already on the near end of his career.