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BREAKING: The OKC Thunder Trade Paul George to the LA Clippers

BREAKING: The OKC Thunder Trade Paul George to the LA Clippers

OKLAHOMA CITY — In perhaps the most shocking move this offseason, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded All-Star Paul George to the LA Clippers. This was first reported around 1 a.m. Oklahoma time by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

OKC is receiving Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two pick swaps. For reference, that haul is bigger than what New Orleans received from the Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade.

The trade comes just five days and a year after George re-signed with the Thunder following his initial year with the team in 2017. George was traded from Indiana in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Much was made about the Thunder’s ability to persuade George to stay in OKC in 2017. A lot was attributed to his relationship with co-star Russell Westbrook. That now is in question.

According to reports by Shams Charania of The Athletic, George and Westbrook’s relationship was viewed by opposing front offices as one of “growing discontent.

Kawhi Leonard — who Wojnarowski reported prior to the George trade was signing with the Clippers — had been recruiting George to join him over the last few days. George was apparently excited of the potential pairing in LA.

According to reports by Wojnawoski and Brett Dawson of The Athletic, Sam Presti and the Thunder were caught off guard by George’s desire for a trade and acted quickly to acquire as many assets as possible. 

Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports

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Brady has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2016. University of Oklahoma alum class of 2014. He has worked for the Franchise since April 2018. Co-Host of the OKC-82 Podcast. Member of the Basketball Insider's Show.

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