The Oklahoma City Thunder shook the entire NBA world by trading for superstar forward Paul George on Friday night, while Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis were sent to the Indiana Pacers in return.
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This news comes as a relative shock considering Oklahoma weren’t amongst his immediate suitors, with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and most recently the Washington Wizards all thought to be ahead of the Thunder in the queue for George’s services.
With Oklahoma seemingly only giving up very little in this trade in the form of an inconsistent Oladipo and a mediocre rookie-come-second-year player in Sabonis, the Boston front office will likely be pulling their hair out at the thought of what could have been.
This move puts the weeks of never-ending speculation over the All-Star’s future, after he revealed he was committed to playing out the 2017-18 season as a Pacer, but would be leaving in the offseason with his probable destination the Los Angeles Lakers.
This makes the move far more confusing, as signing George does not automatically turn the Thunder into a legitimate contender, meaning they have given up two promising, young pieces for a one-year rental. Although, it will certainly give MVp Russell Westbrook some much needed help on offense and add a degree of excitement to Oklahoma this season.
George, a two-way star, had averages of 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per contest.