Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Oklahoma City Thunder who are reportedly interested in acquiring Paul George from the Indiana Pacers. Can PG-13 make the Thunder a title contender again?
The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the 2016-17 NBA season without Kevin Durant on their team. Russell Westbrook faced KD for the first time as his opponent on Thursday where the Warriors easily defeated the Thunder. Durant made his absence felt in the Oklahoma City, scoring 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting and 7-of-11 from 3-point range.
With the Thunder’s current status, it remains questionable if they can challenge the Warriors in dominating the Western Conference. The Thunder started the season with four-straight wins where Russell Westbrook was the team’s scoring leader. Their first loss showed that the Thunder still need to acquire another superstar if they want to contend for the title this season.
Chris Hughes of Thunderous Intentions revealed that Paul George is one of the trade targets of the Thunder. Like the Thunder, George is also eyeing to bring the Indiana Pacers in the 2017 NBA championship. However, the Pacers struggled early this season and already had three losses.
When Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury in 2014, some people doubted if he could still perform well after his recovery. However, his performance last season proved that he is still one of the best small forwards in the league.
If the Thunder succeeds in acquiring George, there is no doubt that they will become a strong contender in the West again. In the past months, there were rumors that Thunder is willing to trade Enes Kanter and Andre Roberson to Indiana to acquire PG-13. This trade scenario works in the ESPN trade machine.
However, the problem is how can the Thunder convinces Pacers president Larry Bird to trade the face of their franchise. With the Thunder’s goal in improving their roster, there is a larger possibility that they will make a big move before the trade deadline.
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