Paul George Traded to Thunder; Pacers Receive Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis

The Indiana Pacers committed to taking the franchise in a new direction Friday when they reportedly shipped swingman Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported the news, while Sam Amick of USA Today confirmed and noted Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis will head to Indiana.

Rumors have swirled for months regarding George’s future with the Pacers, and it became clear recently the two sides were headed for a split. According to a June 18 report from The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, George told the team he planned to leave in the summer of 2018 as an unrestricted free agent. 

Furthermore, Wojnarowski confirmed George’s preferred destination was the Los Angeles Lakers—the team Amick reported he was “hell-bent” on joining back at the February trade deadline. 

A four-time All-Star, George has established himself as one of the NBA‘s premier two-way players over the past five seasons. 

Last season, George averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from three. In fact, he was the only player in the NBA during the 2016-17 season to average at least 23 points, six boards and 1.5 steals while shooting better than 39 percent from beyond the arc.

He now joins a Thunder team that was in dire need of a second option outside of Russell Westbrook last season. Westbrook won the MVP as a triple-double machine, but he now has another superstar to carry more of the load in 2017-18.


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