That's because a select group of teams seemed frontrunners for the services of George, no doubt led by the Boston Celtics. They are likely not done making moves and now they are open to trade offers for Thaddeus Young, according to National Basketball Association reporter Rick Reeves.
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.
The 6-foot-9 small forward from Palmdale stated, many times, that he would like to play for the Los Angeles Lakers in his career.
The wild National Basketball Association off-season took another turn just moments before free agency started on Friday evening as the Indiana Pacers dealt Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
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The Pacers, according to ESPN, sent him to Oklahoma City for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis.
George shortly before the start of the free agent market notified "Indiana" that in the summer of 2018 will not sign with a "Pacers" a new contract.
With Westbrook eligible for a five-year, supermax contract next summer, the Thunder wanted to make efforts to improve the team around him.
Adding Paul George might not be enough to make them a contender to take down the Warriors, but it puts them in a better situation than they were three months ago when they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
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Now, George will get to pair his skills with those of reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook as the Thunder look to return to the Western Conference's elite. His price was certainly cheaper because he's only a one-season rental.
The Clippers saw star point guard Chris Paul leave Wednesday for the Houston Rockets after opting out of his contract, joining star guard James Harden to form one of the most formidable backcourts in the league. Oladipo was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, and last season with the Thunder he averaged 15.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Sabonis is a 6-foot-11 power forward that was drafted as the 11th pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft. Many were surprised the Pacers didn't get back any draft picks. Only time will show, and it's time for both the Pacers and George to move on.
George's future at IN has been uncertain for some time.
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