Many speculated that Paul George would be a one year rental player whose heart is set for Los Angeles. That may not be the case any longer.

George is hinting that he’ll be staying in Oklahoma City after this season is over. George, who will become a free agent this Summer, told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that his decision is “becoming even more easier to make” after recent comments made by Russell Westbrook.

George’s comments to Nichols came after Westbrook went on a tirade following OKC’s one-point Jan. 23 win over Brooklyn, visibly frustrated that his All-Star caliber teammate was not voted in, despite other teams in the West (mainly the Warriors) getting four All-Stars.

The Thunder, 27-20, are currently sitting in the fifth seed in the Western Conference. The team has been playing better of late, so you can make a strong case for George wanting to stay with the Thunder.

George’s hometown team, the Los Angeles Lakers are still in play for his services. However between the LaVar Ball circus and coaching issues, staying in Oklahoma with the reigning league MVP just makes more basketball sense.