In shocking fashion, Paul George has been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in the late hours on Friday/Saturday.
Oklahoma City receives Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, four unprotected first round picks, one protected first round pick, and the ability to swap two of the unprotected first round picks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, George approached the Thunder earlier this week and requested a trade. There has been brewing tension between George and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder decided to fulfill his wishes, rather than sitting another year with a disgruntled players, who would most likely let it play out in the media.
George joins newly signed Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles. George had met with Leonard in Los Angeles earlier in the week, and that’s when George had his mind set on going to the Clippers.
Just a week ago, at the start of free agency, the Thunder were making moves to run it back, adding Alec Burks, Mike Muscala, and retaining Nerlens Noel. Now, Oklahoma City finds themselves in the on the edge of having to rebuild.
The Thunder will now look at all options, and that likely includes, trading Russell Westbrook.
George arrived in Oklahoma City two seasons ago and it was appeared to be the new savior since the departed Kevin Durant. However, the Thunder are right back where they were two seasons ago. The only Difference? A haul of draft picks that cannot be used for two seasons.
George averaged 25.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game on 43.4 percent shooting from the field and 39.2 percent from three.
Oklahoma City is getting Gallinari, the Italian superstar. Gallinari is coming off a a career high of 19.8 points per game and shot 43.3 percent from three (his best since his rookie season with the Knicks). He only took 13 shots per game. Obviously, he’s not commanding the ball like a George would be.
Gilgeous-Alexander is a rookie out of … you got it, the University of Kentucky. He averaged 10.8 points and shot 36.7 percent from three. He’s a long body that can play multiple positions. This could be a steal for Oklahoma City.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!