If the Pacers did not sell Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2017, the All-Star wing would fit in with Purple and Gold alongside LeBron James as the Lakers take on the Trail Blazers in Portland around their 2018 -19 NBA season to tilt. George, a local from LA, gave as much to the unruliness.
"It was 50:50, whether I wanted to come home or whether it was wiser to be in the situation I am in," he said. "But it was not over the top, I wanted to play in LA, I wanted to go there, if that trade had never subsided, had I played in Indy for another year, I would have been in a Lakers uniform." [1
Two years ago, before the last year of the PG-13 contract, he told the Pacers that he had gone into free agency the following summer. It is the standard refrain of superstars who want to, but do not want to spoil their team by giving them nothing back (ie H. LeBron's first decision in summer 2010). It's an ultimatum that the Bucks – with Anthony Davis – Anthony Davis – with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pelicans – never want to hear, but it's still a farewell gift from a superstar who wants to get out, but will not let his old team down want. The Pacers, much to the annoyance of the then fans, brought him into the thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
Before Dipo rose to an all-NBA talent with the Pacers last season, leading them into the playoffs and dropping out in a round of LeBron in the first round, the trade felt like the coup at Thunder GM Sam Presti. But they also exchanged for Carmelo Anthony, and Andre Roberson, who lost the long and meager defensive kicker in the middle of the season, made all realistic plans to make a serious noise in the playoffs, challenging the Warriors or Rockets for Western Conference predominance would. They were cheated by jazz in the first round.
However, George OKC liked it. It turns out a lot. A few days after launching the freelance agency last summer, Russell Wesetbrook threw a party where Nas performed, and this is the place where PG announced that he had re-signed in OKC for four years. Break out the cigars.
The thunder had shown him the light, and he did not even hit the Lakers when free agency began, much to their annoyance.
The Raptors are hoping for the same plan this season works with Kawhi Leonard, also from Los Angeles. Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka and LeBron James are hoping for something else.