OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- ESPN reported early Saturday morning that the Oklahoma City Thunder is trading NBA All-Star and MVP finalist Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers.
- ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski said the deal comes alongside a move by free agent Kawhi Leonard from Toronto to the Clippers.
- Wojnarowski reported that OKC will get a "massive package" including two p[layers and several draft picks.
- George signed a four year deal with the Thunder last summer.
- Thunder management have not yet confirmed the new deal.
- ESPN later reported Thunder GM Sam Presti is in talks with Russell Westbrook about potential future trades.
- This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George are going their separate ways, according to multiple media reports.
ESPN NBA Reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Saturday morning the Thunder plans to trade George to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Oklahoma City is trading All-Star Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-setting collection of draft choices, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
The Clippers are reportedly sending back a "massive" haul including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and several future drafts picks. The trade news came amidst additional reports of 2019 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers.
George posted on his Instagram page Saturday night thanking Oklahoma:
Thank you Oklahoma for 2 great years, you took me in as one of your own from the day I touched down. Thank you to the fans who make representing those 3 letters mean something. Thank you to Sam and Clay for being the best management a franchise and player could ask for. Thank you to the friends within the organization that took care of my family and I whenever we needed help. The picture shown is a bond that can’t be broken I truly loved and enjoyed the race from start to finish. Thank you OKLAHOMA! You already know what it is @russwest44! Love brodie!
Below are the ESPN reports of the dealings that resulted in the trade:
Sources: Oklahoma City is getting a massive package of future picks, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galllinari, to deliver Kawhi Leonard who he wanted to partner with: Paul George. https://t.co/4bGpMNat8K— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Kawhi Leonard has been recruiting Paul George to find a way to get to the Clippers and LA pulled it off tonight: George goes to the Clippers with Leonard, and together they walk into Staples Center to go head-to-head with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
After Leonard pushed George to find a way to get to the Clippers, Paul George approached the team and requested a trade, league sources tell ESPN. OKC was left with no choice and made the best out of a difficult situation, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
The Clippers are sending the Thunder four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick and two pick swaps.
ESPN reported Saturday afternoon that Thunder General Manager Sam Presti is meeting with superstar guard Russell Westbrook in regards to future potential trades.
ESPN Sources: Russell Westbrook and his agent Thad Foucher are engaged with OKC GM Sam Presti on next steps for the All-Star guard, including the possibility of trade this summer. https://t.co/S69nu8Phqd— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
These reports have yet to be confirmed by the team.
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