It’s no secret that Paul George will be one of the most highly coveted free agents this summer. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward will have plenty of suitors as he hits his prime.
George’s free agency has been discussed almost endlessly since last summer, when his desire to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers became widely known. With so much riding on PG’s decision, ESPN PR announced on Monday that the star’s offseason will be featured in a three-part SportsCenter special, debuting on Tuesday, June 26th.
Here’s ESPN’s synopsis of the specials:
Part 1 will examine George’s rise to NBA stardom while the second part, debuting June 28, will follow him during his off-court pursuits as he prepares to build on his career. Part 3, which will air after George’s NBA plans are made public, will give viewers a look at what’s next for George and how he arrived at his ultimate decision. All three parts will be approximately six minutes in length.
The special will also feature George speaking to his “trusted advisors ands friends,” with Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade the only one named by ESPN.
Reading into the fine print might give Lakers fans some extra excitement. The focus on George’s off court pursuits could signal a move to Los Angeles where he will be near his family and could create an ever bigger personal brand. Meanwhile, Wade being a trusted adviser and friend, as he is with LeBron James, could give some hints about a potential superstar tandem forming in LA or elsewhere.
George’s decision does not appear to be part of the televised special as no date is set for the final episode of the special and ESPN declares that it will air after his decision is made public.