The Thunder shocked most of the NBA world last night when they came out of nowhere to trade for Paul George just hours before free agency officially got underway. The Thunder were completely under the radar as a candidate to acquire the coveted now former Pacer, but somehow Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis got it done for OKC, and the one team that could offer the most assets than anyone else, the Celtics, couldn’t top that low ball offer from the Thunder. Now we have to wonder, what do they do if they miss out of Hayward? Where do they go from there?
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported in a story I quoted in my previous article that “the Pacers may unwilling to wait until the start of July free agency on Boston’s timetable”. It looks like that held more than true. The Pacers wanted to get this deal done before the start of free agency. “Why?” is a mystery to everyone, as no one has reported on why this was the case. That begs the question, did the Pacers leave a better offer on the table from the Celtics so they could trade George before midnight last night? And if so, why? If this were to be the case, Danny Ainge might have been told that by the Pacers and decided to call their bluff and lost. At least one GM told Boston grown ESPN personality Ryen Russillo that Indiana had a better deal on the table for George.
For at least the next handful of days, Danny Ainge will be completely bashed by anyone talking basketball with a microphone in their face. Ainge has come up short on Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, and now Blake Griffin and Paul George. He did sign Al Horford, but out of all the players just listen him and Blake Griffin are the only ones who didn’t make last year’s All-Star team, and Griffin likely would have if healthy. Can Ainge no longer net the big fish? Even if that’s not the case, if he misses out on Gordon Hayward that’s all you’re going to hear.
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