Report: Paul George traded to Oklahoma City Thunder before free agency starts
Paul George reportedly has been traded to the Thunder, who have one year to convince him to stay
Paul George is no longer with the the Pacers. Only hours before free agency started, Indiana pulled the trigger on a trade sending George to the Thunder, according to ESPN. The Thunder will now get one year to convince George to stay before he's a free agent in 2018. With the current MVP, Russell Westbrook, playing with him that could potentially be enough to stay around depending on how his season goes.
The Pacers will receive Victor Oladipo and former first round pick Domantas Sabonis in exchange for George. This is the second time Oladipo will be traded in as many years. Both players are considered young prospects with high potential and they're the exact type of guys the Thunder would want for a rebuild.
The Thunder are huge winners in this trade, because even if the rental fails they managed to prove they can get superstar level talent to Oklahoma City. If this turns into Russell Westbrook signing an extension to try and convince George to stay longer than a year then the deal becomes an even bigger win.
The Pacers on the other hand lose their star, but they gain a decent return in young prospects. Indiana has a long road ahead of them to rebuild on, but they at least got something back in return for George. That in itself should be considered a victory.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
It was a busy Sunday in the NBA with seven games on the docket
The Kings, of course, passed on Doncic in favor of Marvin Bagley III
Fultz has been sidelined since Nov. 21, and was recently diagnosed with thoracic outlet sy...
The two first-place teams will meet in Denver on Sunday
On Saturday night James and Ball did something that no set of teammates has done since 200...
James clearly remembers the first time he met his idol