REPORT: Paul George traded to the Thunder, Blake Griffin stays with the Clippers

The NBA Free Agency period hasn’t begun yet and there have already been several huge player movements.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne broke the news that Paul George has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In exchange for the All-Star forward, the Indiana Pacers get Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

George has been the subject of trade rumors dating back to the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft. He’s been linked to several teams including the Lakers, Celtics, Rockets and Cavaliers. This move by OKC comes as a surprise as they weren’t even in the radar of teams trying to acquire George.

The Thunder now have another multi-skilled All-Star to pair up with the league’s newly minted MVP. George will ease the burden off Westbrook and provide another option for the team. As of now, it’s unclear whether this is a one-year rental since George is a free agent next year or if he will sign a longer contract with OKC.

The Pacers get a young wing and stretch four to pair with Myles Turner. Oladipo is seen as a hometown kid after he played for Indiana University.

In other Free Agency news, Blake Griffin is reportedly staying put and re-signing with the Clippers.

Sam Amick of USA Today reported earlier that Griffin cancelled planned meetings with several teams.

BA Turner, beat reporter of the LA Times reported that Griffin was close to signing a long-term deal with the Clippers.

This was confirmed by Shelburne with the figure of Griffin’s five-year max deal.

After Chris Paul’s departure earlier this week, the Clippers are building around the All-Star front court of Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

The Timberwolves also made another move earlier today. They traded away Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz for a 2018 first round draft pick belonging to the Thunder. This move by the Jazz secures their point guard rotation in case free agent George Hill makes a move to another team.

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