George had just re-signed with OKC on a four-year deal the offseason prior citing his desire to play with Russell Westbrook and finish what they started. As soon as the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers for draft picks, picks swaps, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danillo Gallinari, the question immediately became whether the Thunder would try to stay … Did they think about trading George for more accomplished players—like how the Pacers did to much success when they shipped him to OKC in the first place? Why wouldn’t OKC run it back at least once with George and see how far it can go without the Warriors bogeyman looming? If this goes south, that could easily turn into four or five lottery picks. Maybe. How valuable will those picks be if they all fall outside of the lottery? If getting George meant also getting Leonard, then L.A. had to do whatever was necessary to make this work.

But after trading for Paul George on Friday night, the Thunder provided Westbrook with some elite help. “OKC honestly came out the blue,” George said on Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network interview posted to YouTube in late June.

the Clippers didn’t just trade all that stuff for Paul George, The Raptors and Lakers lost out on Kawhi Leonard, England/New Zealand 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final — the end of a rugby era and Englcautious…, The 2018 opening day NFL quarterback rankings, Eteri Tutberidze and the Future of Figure Skating, Georgia Tech Will Live (And Die) By The 3-Pointer, The 2019 NFL Stretch Run Quarterback Power Rankings, 2022, 2024, and 2026 Clippers first-round picks, 2023 and 2025 Clippers first-round swap rights, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a 2018 lottery pick, 2020 Nuggets first-round pick, in exchange for Jerami Grant, Two future first-round picks for Westbrook, Retaining their own 2020 and 2022 picks, against traded protections, “Trading up” their own picks the next few years from #20 to top-5.

That pick stays too.

The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls on draft night. "The East continues to get worse," a source told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. Maybe Gilgeous-Alexander makes a leap into stardom. ... and hello to his new running mate in Oklahoma City. No picks. It’s also a clear signal that Thunder GM Sam Presti is nowhere near finished.

- Page 3 The Fresno State alum has served up so many variations of what happened when it happened and how it happened it’s impossible to decipher which of his accounts is the truth. George revealed that at the time, one of the year's best power forwards wanted to come to Indiana, but the organisation told him that they were a 'mid-major' and a 'small market' team and would not be able to afford it.

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