Paul George revealed he has already been in contact with Russell Westbrook as he eagerly anticipates linking up with this year's NBA MVP at Oklahoma City Thunder.
It was confirmed last week that George had been traded to the Thunder by the Indiana Pacers, with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis moving in the opposite direction.
Like many observers, George himself conceded his surprise at joining the Thunder, but cannot wait to get started alongside his new team-mate, who set a new record of 42 triple-doubles last season.
"I thought I was going to, like, four or five other teams that were pretty active in the trade. When I found out it was OKC I was quite surprised, but at the same time I was happy about the trade," George said.
"I was thrilled, I was looking forward to it. All I wanted was a chance and an opportunity to play for something special and ultimately win a championship and right off the back I think I get that here, playing alongside Russ.
"We've had a lot of time to talk. Right after the trade I called him that night and we kind of talked and went over the excitement of playing alongside one another. Yesterday we got a good time, we had a lot of time to talk.
"It wasn't even about basketball. Just vibing together and getting to know one another and, I think, creating a friendship there."
Asked about the prospect of playing with Westbrook, George hopes he will be able to release some of the pressure on the MVP's shoulders.
"For myself, just running the floor, creating space for him to operate. He's so hard to stay in front of, he's going to attract double teams night in and night out, almost every possession.
"So I think for myself it will be easy to space the floor and be a knock-down shooter for him. And I think the opposite. I demand double teams and [I am] a guy teams scout for and try to prep for.
"I think both of us... he doesn't have to have the pressure of shouldering all that workload and have to feel he has to do it alone, as he's never had, but I don't want him to have that pressure at all.
"I think we'll work really well. I'm excited about this journey with him, and I'm excited to rep those three letters."
|Carragher slams Liverpool for playing ´like children´ in Sevilla collapse|
|Replacing you might not be a great idea! – Buffon grateful for Rakitic tribute|
|Messi closes on century but Pogba must do more – Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Memorable Ashes Moments: Oh my Broad! Stuart stuns Australia with 8-15|
|Skoko wants Australian coach as Arnold emerges as Postecoglou replacement|
|Everton yet to make contact with Van Gaal|
|Ball wins fitness battle to earn England selection for Ashes opener|
|Aussies sweating on Marsh fitness|
|Lakers rally past Bulls|
|That´s not how I´d want my players to act - Root bemused by Lyon|
|MLS Review: Sounders a step closer to final, Crew and Toronto in stalemate|
|Earl suffers ACL injury as NRL return is put on hold|
|Ben Yedder trolls Liverpool after dramatic Sevilla comeback|
|Maxwell called into Ashes squad as cover for Warner|
|´World class´ Insigne can´t be rested – Sarri|
|Smith: Australia considering replacement for Warner|
|I say one thing and you write something else - Angry Ronaldo brushes off media|
|Yankees All-Star Judge undergoes shoulder surgery|
|Griezmann needs support of Atletico and fans – Simeone|
|Monaco paid for mistakes in Champions League exit - Jardim|
|We had to rely on personal pride - Berizzo praises Sevilla´s stunning comeback|
|Championship Review: Coleman loses first Sunderland game, Fulham win nine-goal thriller|
|City fans get first sight of local star they crave in Phil Foden|
|Gunes wants more after historic Besiktas Champions League qualification|
|Allegri plays down Dybala-Messi comparisons|
|Extra rest helped Rose shine in Dortmund – Pochettino|
|Zidane: We knew Ronaldo, Benzema goals would come|
|It feels like we lost - Klopp frustrated at Liverpool´s second-half collapse|
|It depends on Foden - Guardiola puts ball in teenager´s court|
|Siddle excited by Smith´s duel with Root|
|Postecoglou leaves Australia post|
|Ronaldo overtakes Messi in Champions League goalscoring race|
|Manchester City 1 Feyenoord 0: Sterling strikes late as top spot is clinched|
|Sevilla 3 Liverpool 3: Klopp´s side fail to survive Spanish inquisition|
|Borussia Dortmund 1 Tottenham 2: Son grabs winner as Spurs seal top spot|
|Napoli 3 Shakhtar Donetsk 0: Insigne stunner helps keep knockout hopes alive|
|APOEL 0 Real Madrid 6: Record-breaking Ronaldo and Benzema send holders through in style|
|Monaco 1 RB Leipzig 4: Werner brace dumps Ligue 1 champions out|
|Memorable Ashes Moments: Triple wicket-maiden for destructive Johnson|
|Ronaldo breaks record for Champions League goals in a calendar year|
|´World´s Fastest Gamer´ wins McLaren F1 simulator role|
|History against England in Brisbane, as Cook targets Gabba milestone - the Ashes in Opta facts|
|I wanted to cry with Buffon - Rakitic sympathy for Italy great|
|Defiant Smalling responds to ´surprise´ England omission|
|Hughes ruled out of Samoa clash as Watson, Joseph omitted|
|MLB great Joe Morgan urges voters not to elect steroid users to Baseball HOF|
|Neuer ´on schedule´ but Heynckes won´t rush Bayern star|
|Messi contract saga not swaying Barcelona boss Valverde|
|Spartak Moscow 1 Maribor 1: Stoppage-time equaliser gives Russians everything to do at Anfield|
|Besiktas 1 Porto 1: Talisca leveller sends hosts through|
|Grand slams to reduce seeds from 32 to 16 from 2019|
|Mkhitaryan questions leave Mourinho riled|
|Jones out of Basel, Brighton games but Mourinho hopeful on Bailly|
|The Scrum-back Kid? Philips answers Scarlets SOS|
|Moore to retire from all rugby following Murrayfield Test|
|The Ashes: Australia and England leap into chasm of unknowns|
|Conte unhappy with Chelsea´s fixture congestion|
|Pepe tells Ronaldo: Come to Besiktas!|
|Clement expects Abraham to shake off back injury for Bournemouth clash|
|Oddo replaces sacked Del Neri at Udinese|
|F1 Raceweek: Contract talks for Hamilton, Alonso at Le Mans and Kvyat´s snub|
|Bartomeu hints at January Barcelona signings|
|Davis Love III to have hip-replacement surgery|
|Massa eyes final flourish in Abu Dhabi|
|Bears TE Zach Miller out of hospital three weeks after serious injury|
|Emery defends ´responsible´ Neymar from lifestyle criticism|
|Wales lose Williams and Cuthbert for All Blacks clash|
|Australia enlist Bolt to sharpen up Ashes preparations|
|Wimbledon will not be the same without her – Duchess pays tribute to Novotna|
|Del Neri sacked by Udinese|