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Report: Paul George will make Clippers debut Thursday vs. Pelicans

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Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George will make his debut for the team against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

George has been rehabbing from multiple offseason shoulder surgeries.

The Clippers acquired the forward in a blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason, sending Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and five first-round draft picks to the Thunder in exchange.

George’s acquisition was essentially a two-part deal for Los Angeles, as it also persuaded Kawhi Leonard to sign with the team in free agency.

George is coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which he played 77 games and averaged 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals over 36.9 minutes per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, 38.6 percent from three-point range and 83.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Oklahoma City initially acquired George in a trade with the Indiana Pacers during the summer of 2017.

George spent two seasons with the Thunder, and while he performed well individually and earned a pair of All-Star selections, Oklahoma City did not meet expectations as a team, losing in the first round in each of George’s two years in OKC.

The 29-year-old spent the first six seasons of his career with the Pacers, establishing a reputation as one of the best two-way wings in the NBA and making four All-Star teams.

George owns lifetime averages of 19.8 points, 6.4 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

The Clippers have gotten off to a 7-3 start this season and are widely considered the favorite to win the championship this year.