Before he traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard reportedly turned down a blockbuster three-team deal involving the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers for the All-Star forward.
Meanwhile, Indiana gets a young big man in Sabonis to pair with emerging center Myles Turner, and the Pacers also receive a young shooting guard from Indiana University in Oladipo as a fixture in their backcourt for the next four seasons.
George shortly before the start of the free agent market notified "Indiana" that in the summer of 2018 will not sign with a "Pacers" a new contract.
As for George, who averaged 18 FGA per game last season on his way to a career-best 23.7 PPG, the same concerns are there. The deal is reportedly worth $173 million.
George gives the Thunder a dynamic second superstar to pair alongside Russell Westbrook, a necessity by today's National Basketball Association standards and something OKC glaringly missed last season when Kevin Durant left for Golden State.
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Will Rudy Gay Chase a Ring in San Antonio or Golden State? They are likely not done making moves and now they are open to trade offers for Thaddeus Young, according to National Basketball Association reporter Rick Reeves. Sabonis averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in his rookie season with the Oklahoma City previous year.
It certainly would have changed the dynamics of each club, specifically the Cavs, who could have found the newest member of the triangle - and a fine two-way player - in George.
Now Westbrook will welcome George, who had told the Indiana Pacers he would not stay beyond the end of his contract next season and had spoken of wanting to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
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. Paul George will make $19 million this season before he hits free agency next year.
And if they do lose him to free agency and likely to the Lakers next summer, then all it cost them was two players and some salary.