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Report: Paul George traded to Thunder

Ty Anderson
June 30, 2017 - 10:02 pm

The waiting game has doomed the Celtics once again, as the Pacers have traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN

In a true out-of-nowhere deal, the Thunder landed George in a mild return of guard Victor Oladipo and power forward Domantas Sabonis.

The 11th overall pick from 2016, Sabonis averaged 5.9 points and just over 20 minutes per game this past season, while Oladipo, a fomer No. 2 overall pick, comes to the Pacers after a season in which he averaged 15.9 points per contest while also shooting a career-best 44.2 percent from the field in 67 games with the Thunder. 

The Thunder did not send a draft pick of any sort to the Pacers in this deal. 

ESPN Jeff Goodman has reported that the Celtics could have very well offered more to entice the Pacers to trade him to Boston, but noted that Celtics president Danny Ainge was not going to lose a lottery pick -- be it the 2018 Brooklyn or Lakers pick -- in a trade for the all-world George without anything beyond a one-year commitment. Goodman also reported that a league source told him that the Celtics offered their 2017 Brooklyn pick (which ended up being No. 1 overall) and three additional first-round picks for George at the deadline. They then tinkered with that proposed deal on draft night, offering the Pacers three first-round draft picks (but not the Brooklyn or Lakers/Kings pick) as well as two starters. 

Without an extension with the Thunder in place, the 27-year-old George will now team up with 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook (who can also opt out of his contract next summer) for what could be a straight-up ridiculous duo, even if it's just for one year. 

To complicates matters further for the superteam-seeking Celts, the George trade came just moments after Blake Griffin signed a mammoth extension with the Clippers.

The Celtics do, however, still have a meeting with Gordon Hayward scheduled for early next week.