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.
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.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.
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