Paul George has reportedly been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
Update: The trade is now confirmed. First reported by Ramona Shelbourne.
First reactions seem to indicate that the Pacers got a poor return on their investment. The trade also comes as a complete shock considering OKC wasn’t even mentioned in talks leading up to the trade.
The market for PG must’ve crashed as the Pacers were only able to Net Victor Oladipo, and Domantas Sabonis.
Fans of the Indiana University basketball program remember Oladipo well from his time as a star at IU leading to him being selected 2nd overall in the 2013 draft. 4 years into his career and he has yet to live up to that lofty draft slot.
Sabonis was a lottery pick in last years draft (11th overall). He had a quiet rookie year in which he averaged 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds a game in about 20 minutes per night. This acquisition could pave the way for a Thad Young trade.
Overall, the Thunder made out like Bandits in this trade. They traded two underwhelming players for a top 15 player in the league. The worst part of this trade for the Pacers is that Oladipo signed a 4 year, $84 million extension earlier this season. That is too much cap space being taken up by one player on a rebuilding team. I’d like to see the Pacers flip Oladipo for more assets. A first round pick and young bench player should be an attainable package.
More to come on this.