Paul George was traded late Friday night to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Now, to people who do not follow basketball closely, this trade sounds like a rip-off in favor of the Thunder. It is a rip-off in favor of the Thunder, but there is more to it. Paul George is a superstar for the Pacers. He has one more year left on his contract before he can opt out of it and become a free agent. He has said publicly that he would go to the Lakers in a year. Obviously, the Pacers would rather earn some players and/or draft picks in a trade instead of letting Paul George walk, and get nothing. The Pacers have been scrambling to find a trade since he announced he wanted to go to L.A. The Pacers finally found a “good” offer. Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 pick in the 2013 Draft, is a good young player about to enter his prime. Domantas Sabonis, 21, is a 6′ 11” forward with potential. But for Paul George? This is a horrible trade for both teams. The Thunder will have a duo of Paul George and Russell Westbrook, but they will only have it for one year. No one will be able to contend with the Warriors until Kevin Durant or Steph Curry is gone. At best, the Thunder will make it to the NBA for the second time in three years, but that is not a guarantee. They lost two young players, including a starter. Who will start at the two now? Andre Roberson? Alex Abrines? Meanwhile, the Pacers lost Paul George but didn’t even get a draft pick in the trade. Kevin Pritchard, the GM of the Pacers told us Pacers fans he would get a draft pick but didn’t. I guess Domantas Sabonis counts as a draft pick. Now who will start at small forward? Lance Stephenson? Stephenson has proved himself but is more of a sixth man. This trade is bad for both teams but is definitely a blockbuster. What do you think about the trade? Comment your thoughts.

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