Before the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers reached an agreement on a trade that would send superstar, Paul George to the Thunder, NBA teams were fighting to acquire the four-time All-Star.
Several teams, but one.
George joined ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast that he released Thursday and Wojnarowski shared some of his conversation that he had with George and about the team that didn’t want him. Here’s the conversation bit from Wojnarowski’s podcast that dropped on Thursday:
“There were a lot of trade discussions — I think probably every team in the league checked in with Indiana about you in that window when you were available. One offer I was told was made was that Indiana offered you to Golden State for Klay Thompson, Golden State said no, and talks didn’t go anywhere.”
Yeah that probably would’ve been scary good and would’ve set the Warriors up for guaranteed NBA titles to come. However, with their style of play George wasn’t a true need for the Warriors as at that position they just need a catch and shoot player which Klay Thompson ranks higher than George at.
In 2016-17, Thompson shot 62.1 percent and averaged 11.5 points per game off-the-ball, while George shot 60.1 percent and averaged just 7.5 points per game off-the-ball.
Yes they’re minuscule numbers, but to risk the effect of chemistry and other factors, it just didn’t make sense for the Warriors to make the trade.”Yeah, I think that would have been a Chris Paul to L.A. situation where they denied that trade,” George said laughing. “Yeah, I was aware of it. I would’ve looked forward to it, of just being in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship. But it didn’t happen. It’s still fun to team up with a special talent and have a chance to compete against that team.”