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After several weeks of trying and failing, the Indiana Pacers have finally shipped off star forward Paul George, according to a report from ESPN.
Per the report, George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for shooting guard Victor Oladipo and second-year forward Domantas Sabonins.
Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were said to be in play for George — who will instead team up next to reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook.
League sources told Amico Hoops last week the Thunder should be considered a darkhorse in the George sweepstakes.
George will be a free agent at the end of the season, and told the Pacers he would opt out of his contract in hopes of joining the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Thunder, meanwhile, have one season to convince him to change his mind.
Clearly, Thunder general manager Sam Presti is banking on George becoming a suitable replacement for Kevin Durant, who bolted for the Golden State Warriors last season. Durant and the Warriors then won the NBA championship.
George, 27, averaged 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 75 games this past season. The Pacers were swept by the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs.
George becomes the latest star to switch teams this summer, joining Jimmy Butler (Chicago to Minnesota) and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers to Houston).