Pacers trade Paul George to Thunder for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis

Posted July 02, 2017

Most believe George wants to end up playing for the Lakers.

IN acquired Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis for a year of George's services.

For weeks, George's fate was up for speculation, after he said he would become a free agent next offseason and wanted to join the Los Angeles Lakers, being that he's from Southern California.

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George was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder Friday night right before the National Basketball Association offseason begins. That gave the Pacers something for losing George, when they would have received nothing had he stayed through next season and played out his contract. The deal is reportedly worth $173 million.

Durant left Oklahoma City a year ago for the Warriors and Westbrook last season became only the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple double of points, rebounds and assists for a full season. Oladipo averages a couple more points and assists per night while Crowder is a better rebounder and defender.

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The Thunder might not have what it needs to convince George to remain after next season, but at least the team will now be in the mix and have the opportunity to show him what he means to the organization.

Westbrook told the team following the end of that season that he wanted the roster to improve so the team could continue with the best team in first the Western Conference and for the National Basketball Association title.

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. The team has plenty of assets, and it actually added to its picks and players when it traded the first overall pick days before the NBA Draft. The Timberwolves, according to multiple reports, reached a three-year deal worth $57 million with free agent point guard Jeff Teague, formerly of IN, to replace Rubio.

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In other National Basketball Association news approaching the start of free agency, Blake Griffin has canceled his meetings with the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets and will reportedly return to the L.A. Clippers on a five-year max deal.