Warriors are best suited to take on Paul George if he enjoys winning, according to CJ McCollum – NBC Sports Bay Area & California

No NBA team has had more success over the past 12 seasons than the Warriors.

Which is why, if Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George becomes available this offseason via trade or free agency, Golden State could be at the top of his list of destinations if he values ​​being in a winning situation.

New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum joined “NBA Today” on Tuesday, where he discussed George’s situation and what he might value on his next team if the nine-time All-Star wanted to leave Los Angeles.

“He has to decide what matters most to him,” McCollum said. “Does he want to be in Los Angeles? He’s from there. I know the family dynamic of being close to home, what that means. Does he still want to play alongside Kawhi (Leonard) and bet on health and obviously James (Harden) will probably come back too.

“Does he want to explore life on the East Coast? …does he want to explore what’s going on with Klay (Thompson), whether he leaves or stays? I think he needs to figure out what his priorities are, who he wants to play alongside him as he gets closer to the end of his career.”

While George really enjoys being in a winning situation, McCollum believes one team stands out above the rest as a potential contender.

“To the Bay…The West is tough, but could you imagine Steph (Curry) and (Draymond Green) together?” McCollum added.

McCollum isn’t the only active NBA star who sees the potential in a George-Warriors marriage.

George has until Saturday to decide whether to exercise his $48.8 million player option for the 2024-25 NBA season. If he declines his option, he will become an unrestricted free agent. If he accepts, he could force a trade out of Los Angeles.

NBA insider Marc Stein recently reported that the Warriors are as interested in George, if not more, than the New York Knicks, one of the teams rumored to be seriously interested in the 34 years old.

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