The 2019 Clippers-Thunder commerce that despatched Paul George to the Clippers will go down as one of many wildest trades in NBA historical past and PG-13 himself was lately requested to replicate on it.
The commerce, which despatched Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and a number of first-round picks to OKC for Paul George is talked about to at the present time.
After the Clippers’ 128-117 win over the Thunder, reporters requested George who received the commerce ultimately.
“I simply assume each side received,” George instructed reporters. “I did assume it was quite a bit that Clippers have been prepared to surrender, however their dedication to me is my dedication to them. So simply appreciative that they went out and grabbed me and introduced me over right here. Very appreciative of Steve [Ballmer]. However each side received.”
On the time, Gilgeous-Alexander had simply completed his rookie season, so nobody at that time might predict how a lot he would flourish with OKC.
“Shai is, I believe initially when that commerce occurred, nobody noticed — we knew Shai was going to be actually, actually good, however he’s particular,” George mentioned. “And so I assume in a method, Oklahoma received that commerce with picks and a future MVP. So once more, nice commerce for each side.”
Since Paul George and Kawhi Leonard have joined forces on the Clippers, they’ve been unable to safe a championship, main many to assume that OKC received the commerce general.
However with the injection of James Harden this season, their likelihood is wanting nearly as good as ever.
After a tough 0-6 begin when Harden arrived, LA have since gone 23-7 and have a 26-14 general file to date this season.
Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced, for one, thinks that Harden ought to be getting extra credit score for what he’s carried out on the crew.
“I believe by the best way, James Harden ought to be an All-Star this yr,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I’m undecided how persons are viewing that, however he solely missed like the primary 4 video games for the Clippers after which he bought traded there. He’s enjoying at an All-Star stage, and the best way their crew is enjoying, I believe James Harden is an All-Star this yr, ought to be.”