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Identical to the remainder of the NBA world, Paul George was surprised to study he’d been traded to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on the eve of free company.

Whereas the transfer might have caught the 6-foot-9 ahead unexpectedly, George stated he is pleased to be a part of a real contender, believing the mixture of him and Russell Westbrook will give the Thunder a strong shot at profitable a championship.

“It was shocking. This staff wasn’t one of many groups that we had in thoughts,” George advised ESPN’s Royce Younger. “I assumed I used to be going to 4 or 5 different groups that have been fairly lively in commerce (talks). Once I came upon it was OKC, I used to be fairly stunned however on the similar time I used to be completely happy concerning the commerce. I used to be thrilled, I used to be wanting ahead to it. All I needed was an opportunity and a chance to play for one thing particular and finally to attempt to win a championship and proper off the bat I feel I can do this right here enjoying alongside Russ.”

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The Pacers started partaking groups about potential offers for George after the 4-time All-Star reportedly informed the franchise he meant to go away Indiana as a free agent in 2018. Whereas numerous groups expressed curiosity within the 27-yr-previous, Oklahoma Metropolis not often got here up as potential vacation spot.

George averaged 23.7 factors, 6.6 rebounds, three.three assists, and 1.6 steals on forty six.1 % capturing this previous season.