Paul George to Thunder

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Paul George to Thunder

Are you kidding me... no way he resigns next year.


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so worst case scenario, they

so worst case scenario, they loose sabonis and got out of oladipo's big contract since he dint really mesh with westbrook? they might be able to live with that. full rebuild if westbrook leaves via free agency with only steven adams signed in a long term huge deal.

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Wowwww yeah he's not gonna

Wowwww yeah he's not gonna resign there but they taking a shot this year!! Wow

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I wouldn't go all out and say

I wouldn't go all out and say that Just yet. Theres a Chance PG13 and Russ can both really hit it Off in OKC. They are Both L.A guys and have Been linked back to the Lakers at a Point in time.

Russ played with guys like KD and Harden. You could say he blew it with KD. But here is his 2nd chance. We all see what he can do by himself. He has mvp trophy. Now Russ is coming for that Championship.

PG13 never Played with somebody of Russ's Caliber period and he is not going to in L.A period. It would be indy all over again instead in the tougher western conference. If they get a good taste of success. This should be a fun/great season for the thunder if only for 1 yr. There is a lot of hope and hype surrounding this team to say the least Give me Russ/PG13> Kd/curry and Kyrie/Lebron anyday

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Maybe wait and see how they

Maybe wait and see how they go this year before declaring he is no chance of re-signing. Sabonis and oladipo is what they got for ibaka so judging by that I would say the thunder have done pretty well. After the once in a generation year that Westbrook has just had it wouldn't surprise me that Westbrook makes some slight adjustments to his game to accomodate PG. If they can add a few more pieces they could be a real handful

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The West just keeps getting

The West just keeps getting better than the East. Butler, now George have made two WC teams very interesting and left two EC teams in ruins. Millsap and Lowry may do the same!

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Ainge missing on everyone

Ainge missing on everyone

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Boston needed to sign Hayward

Boston needed to sign Hayward before trading for PG if their plan was to get both. It's possible Indy didn't want to wait to see what happened.

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Then you just overpay to make

Then you just overpay to make sure they wait. Sick of Ainge overthinking all these trades. There are only so many players as good as George and Butler that become available. Tatum better become a stud and fultz a dud or Ainge will look foolish

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Only way you overpay is if PG

Only way you overpay is if PG is commited to stay long term. Why would you overpay for a 1yr rental? If Ainge did that and PG left after the season people would be complaining that he overpaid for a rental.

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You miss 100% of the shot you

You miss 100% of the shot you don't take. Boston is a great sports town and they could have a great team with PG and the addition of Hayward. I would take the chance I could convince him to stay

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This was 2nd best case

This was 2nd best case senerio for Magic and Pelinka. There were two teams that could of threatened the lakers...Rockets and Cavs.

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Pass the ketchup

If OKC becomes a elite team, George has to consider staying and playing with the best Point guard in the NBA, if they don't, they can still trade him before the deadline. To a elite team that needs him for a deep playoff run. Either way. He is going to end up on a team that will win more that the Lakers.

At that point he must decide if he wants to be a winner, or Hollywood.

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Becomes an elite team? If

Becomes an elite team? If Westbrook and Durant couldn't beat gs..they certainty can't beat gs with Durant. Give me the Wolves over the thunder all day.

You think they will trade him to a contender when they will obviously be in the playoff race during the trade dead line....you are tripping. This is a one year rental to save face with losing out on Durant.

Welcome to the Lakers PG

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Yes

If the Thunder are not in the top 4 of the west at the trade deadline I can see them trading him to a contender to help offset the assets they gave up for him. (Hell if I were them I would flip him right now for what Boston Offered for him on draft day.)

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all ive read so far is that

all ive read so far is that the deal is for sabonis and oladipo, maybe some stuff added to the deal. thinking how that is better for indiana than julius randle plus clarkson and 2 firsts

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Royce Young tweeted there are

Royce Young tweeted there are no picks going to OKC.

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How it may be better:

Just my opinion: the reason this deal is better in their eyes:

Oladipo is at least a starter level player who is more of a two way player than Clarkson.He is locked in for 4 years and played college ball in Indiana(so is sort of fan favorite there also)

Sabonis has two clear positions(C/PF and can space floor) and is on a cheaper deal than Randle who doesn't really have a legit position and they would be forced to pay I think this offseason/next at latest

Both Randle and Clarkson aren't highly regarded around league and the biggest reason the Pacers probably don't want to send him to the team he wants to, as he essentially pulled a Mello to the Knicks on the trying to force his way to desired team and taking his trade value+ this move also sends him out west but not to Lakers or a conference rival...

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The fact that OKC was able to

The fact that OKC was able to get this deal done without surrending a 1st round pick is amazing. If I were the Pacers I definitely would've asked for like a 2019 or 2020 1st round pick, because there's a good chance neither Westbrook nor Paul George will be there by then

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OKC doesn't have 2018 or 2020

OKC doesn't have 2018 or 2020 first and they are barred from trading the 2019 first.

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Even if he doesn't resign,

Even if he doesn't resign, you're losing out on Oladipo and Sabonis... They aren't real game changers but damn you Presti making it harder in the West, just when my Wolves got your pick next year. The silly season is in full gear!

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I like it

They need a second star and those rarely come available. Is it a risk, yes, but one they should take. With Westbrook taking is not an option (he is too good for them to successfully tank) and if George stays they have a second star whose prime years overlap with Westbrook's. If they can get a couple of the right role players, I think they are now the biggest threat to Golden State in the West.

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Pacers had to get something..

Pacers had to get something.. But Boston better sign Hayward or they look real stupid.. The western conference is stacked!!

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Gonna miss Sabonis and

Gonna miss Sabonis and Oladipo's dunks (not his contract tho) but wowow this is insane

I know it's only a 1 year rental but 2 great things will come from this: 1. a full season with Russ and PG is gonna be super fun and 2. we'll have a lot more cap space and flexibility next summer

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Wow, according to the story

Wow, according to the story on ESPN the Pacers turned down Crowder, Bradley and 3 future 1st-round picks (though not the super-high first-rounders Boston has coming up). That sounds way better to me than this happy meal from OKC. I'd take Crowder and Bradley over Oladipo and Sabonis any day.

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Non winning

If OKC isn't in a great spot by the Trade deadline expect them to trade PG13 to a contender to recover some assets.

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The sides to all this deal which make sense:

For all we know the following could have happened and why this deal makes sense:

Boston refused to give mulitple picks and multiple players for a player that could bolt or they don't believe is worth max dollars. As those picks and players a) Help them stay in the contender conversation right now b) The picks give them young talent to start dominating when Lebron either bolts again(not sayin he will but all depends on owner/management) or retires which ever comes 1st.

Indianna did this deal due to having Oladipo locked up on a long term deal(Cheaper than P.G's next deal most likely and less injury history) and he is a a fan favorite in Indiana due to playing their in College days and Sabonis gives them a nice young prospect locked into a cheap deal..Plus this move also moves him west with out giving him to a EC team or to the Lakers

OKC did this due to probably realizing Oladipo didn't really fit properly with Russell or may not become what they had hoped he would,That Rusell only needs one legit allstar(olympian level)/top 15 nba level at least to get you to the WCF at least and if P.G doesn't like his time in OKC and Russell wants out also it gives us heaps of Cap room come 2019.. However if this works out it P.G may resign as he will be on a legit contender with a recent MVP who can help him with the heavy lifting which may suit his timeline better than L.A's who are probably a couple of years away from that level..The only thing is now Presti may want to strengthen our bench up so we can go full win now mode... But a 6/7 man Rotation of Adams,Taj(if kept/comes back),P.G,Roberson(most likely kept),Russ, Kanter and Abrines is not horrible.. I wouldn't be against Rondo coming in on a vet min to help spell Russell(as chi is still paying him) and maybe one or two more reasonable pieces and hello contender again..

All I could honestly hope for from this deal is this: Both P.G and Russell at least give this 3 seasons to see if this works: Season 1-See if it could work Season 2: It works season(like Cavs did with K-love/Heatles did ) 3 They either win and keep it together or at the end of decide if they will stay or not.. If that happens and they decided to stay or leave I could be happy with that result as it least the gave it a legit shot vs one year then bolting..

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Man, I knew this would

Man, I knew this would happen! Once reports were out that the Rockets were looking to trade for PG using Eric Gordon, I knew that the Pacers were on a lookout for Indiana players! Their manament is all about catering to the fans, and love bringing in players their fans would recognize. This is what led them to trade the pick that turned into Kawhii for George Hill...

Overall, just a terrible move by the Pacers. Dipo/Turner is an okay duo, but now they need to land a few potential guys in these next couple of drafts if they are tanking. Also, I think it's worth mentioning that the Celtics didn't really have what the Pacers were looking for for a rental PG13. They didn't let teams talk to PG, so you were gambling on him signing that extention. You make that trade, get on the phone with PG13 20 minutes later and he says hes going to LA, and you look like an absolute fool. Also, the Celtics package, which would have had to of been something like Brown+Rozier, would have been an over payment for a PG that isn't extended. Danny has made it clear that he is not overpaying for players that aren't cost controlled. So I wish people would stop acting like Celtics are striking out here, the plan has always been to build through the draft and FA.

For the Thunder, I absolutely love this move. This team can't win a title unless something miraculous happens, but they have given Westbrook a chance to get back into the thick of things, and I respect that. OKC fans must feel a little vindicated. Not that George is on the level of Durrant, but atleast they get to watch a team that actually has title asperations once again.

I really like the core of Westbrook/George/Adams. If i'm the coach, I understand that this team has to have a defensive identity to really have a chance, and if Westbrook locks in on that end this year, they can be devastating on that end. They really need to get some 3D players on this roster. George will be able to play the small ball 4 for them, but they still need a stretch 4, and starting sg that can score and play defense. If Jaj signs back for the cheap now, that would be ideal.

I really like what they have going on with their bench too. Kanter is a great scoring 6th man, and gives them the ability to play inside if they want to. Averaging 14/7 in 20 mpg is no joke. Abrines is another good shooter off the bench, and I think has the ability to be a really nice backup, or maybe even starter for this team. Alex can really shoot it, 38 % as a rookie is nice. McDermot is a good shooter off the bench. None of these guys can play D though, so thats a problem. This team has some firepower, but outside of their big 3, no one on that team plays a lick of D.

I think they need to see if they can get discounts from Taj/Roberson, or look to sign players like Tony Allen (would be ideal), Langston Galloway, or Jonas Jerebko. Jonas would be nasty for OKC starting.

I don't think this is rhe last move for the Thunder though. We'll have to see

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