Published: Sun, July 02, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Pacers trade Paul George to Thunder for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis

Pacers trade Paul George to Thunder for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis

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. The Indiana Pacers reportedly had a potential deal with the Celtics that would have landed them several draft picks for George, but the trade never materialized.

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.

With George in the fold, though, this closes the gap considerably, and while Westbrook remains the top-ranked fantasy player heading into next season, he's in the same tier as guys like Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Indiana Pacers are sending four-time All-Star forward Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to multiple reports Friday night. The deal is reportedly worth $173 million.

George spent the first seven seasons of his National Basketball Association career with the Pacers.

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According to ESPN, the Thunder will meet with Rudy Gay as free agency this weekend to add more options. He averaged 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. It's not exactly the blockbuster haul for George, but the Pacers were at a disadvantage because George told the team he wasn't coming back after next season. George has one year left on his contract at which point he's extremely interested in playing for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. 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.

For the Lakers, the news was expectedly quiet and calm as the team reached out to a handful of free agents at midnight in Andre Iguodala, Rajon Rondo and Ben McLemore.

It's unknown what the market would be like for Young but he was traded to the Pacers from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th overall pick and a future 2nd round pick during last year's NBA Draft.

The move is another huge blow to the Eastern Conference, which already previously lost star Jimmy Butler when he was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In other National Basketball Association news approaching the start of free agency, Blake Griffin has canceled his meetings with the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets and will reportedly return to the L.A. Clippers on a five-year max deal.

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