The acqusition of Paul George by the Oklahoma City Thunder may have thrust them into the upper echelon of Western Conference teams.
But judging by recent reports, PG could’ve been headed to one of OKC’s Western Conference rivals, the Golden State Warriors.
On Thursday’s episode of The Woj Pod, host Adrian Wojnarowski revealed, later confirmed by Paul George, that before the Thunder acquired George in a trade with Indiana, the Pacers offered George for shooting guard Klay Thompson.
George explained he knew about the proposed trade and compared it to the 2011 trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers. Then-NBA commissioner David Stern famously vetoed that trade.
“I would have looked forward to it, just being in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship,” George said of a prospective trade to the Warriors. “ It didn’t happen. It’s still fun to team up with a special talent (in Westbrook) and have a chance to compete against that team.”
Adrian Wojnarowski later said on Twitter that Golden State did not offer Klay Thompson, but Indiana was offering Paul George IN RETURN for Klay Thompson, just to clear up any confusion. It seems Golden State aren’t keen to be moving their shooting guard anytime soon, but in my opinion, if the Pacers wanted him in return, they have to know something that we don’t.
Tweet is gone below, but some were confused about PG conversation. Here's the deal: Golden State NEVER offered Klay Thompson in a trade. https://t.co/XKdlmzPJMI
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2017
If Paul George was traded to the Warriors though, it would’ve pretty much broken the NBA for a few years. Adding a four-time All-Star to a roster including 2 MVP’s, as well as a team that has won 2 of the last three NBA titles would’ve meant complete domination for Golden State, and sadness and despair for the rest of the NBA.
Of course, George was traded to the Oklahoma City instead for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, gifting current MVP Russell Westbrook and partner in crime to try and compete with the dominant Warriors.