Oklahoma City Thunder Won Big with Paul George Trade with Pacers

02 July, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Warren Cooper
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But instead of playing next to LeBron James in Cleveland or with the Boston Celtics, George will play alongside league MVP Russell Westbrook this season.

I also wouldn't beat the Pacers up too much for passing at the trade deadline, when they also reportedly had an offer of four first-round picks from the Hawks.

According to Mike Wise of The Undefeated, a three-way trade between the Nuggets, Cavaliers and Pacers, in which Love to Denver, George to Cleveland and Gary Harris to in, was in talks, but ultimately reneged by Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard.

It was a relatively small haul in exchange for a player of George's caliber.

Instead, it was to the Oklahoma City Thunder, as IN sent their All Star forward to OKC IN exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

In return for the 6-9 George, the Pacers received second-year forward Domantas Sabonis and former No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo.

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George 27, played his first 7 seasons in IN leading them to the eastern conference finals in 2012.

Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis are headed to IN in the deal, according to the reports. Oladipo averages a couple more points and assists per night while Crowder is a better rebounder and defender.

Now Westbrook will welcome George, who had told the Indiana Pacers he would not stay beyond the end of his contract next season and had spoken of wanting to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

The pressure now upon Oklahoma City is that Westbrook and George both are set to play next season in the final year of their contracts.

Meanwhile, big man Blake Griffin is also reportedly confirmed to sign a 5-year deal with his team Los Angeles Clippers. Also, this gives OKC one more great defender as he is considered to be one of the best perimeter defenders in the National Basketball Association that can guard the best players in the league.

Minnesota traded Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz for a 2018 first-round NBA Draft pick, which is likely to push George Hill to leave the Jazz. Paul George will make $19 million this season before he hits free agency next year.

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