Paul George traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder

02 July, 2017, 00:49 | Author: Kristopher Anderson

Just hours before the start of National Basketball Association free agency on Friday night, the Oklahoma City traded Oladipo and forward Damontas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for All-Star forward Paul George.

The Pacers, according to ESPN, sent him to Oklahoma City for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis.

Those reported deals set the tone as National Basketball Association free agency dealmaking began Saturday, when the league announced each team's salary cap was $99.093 million (86.7 million euros) for the 2017-18 season.

As for George, who averaged 18 FGA per game last season on his way to a career-best 23.7 PPG, the same concerns are there.

George's move to the OKC Thunder will pair him with reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.

Celtics trade offer for Paul George back at trade deadline, per league source: Brooklyn pick (wound up being No. 1) and 3 other first-rounders. The Celtics were offering as many as three first-round picks and two starting players for George, according to the Boston Globe.

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George's future at IN has been uncertain for some time.

Instead, one year after they lost Kevin Durant in free agency to the Golden State Warriors, they are able to get some retribution with this trade.

Sure, this is likely a one-year rental for Oklahoma City with Paul George, especially since his desires to play for the Lakers are well known. Paul George will make $19 million this season before he hits free agency next year.

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 27-year old will bring star presence and playoff experience to the team, but he will also improve Thunder's three-point shooting.

Remember, we're talking about a player in George who was asked the lead a Pacers offense that had secondary contributors like Jeff Teague and Myles Turner.

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