Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard reflects on Paul George trade with Thunder
Paul George was once the franchise superstar of the Indiana Pacers. Under his leadership, the Pacers moved on from Danny Granger and became a perennial playoff contender. In some years, George’s team were even title contenders and a serious threat to LeBron James and the Miami Heat for three consecutive seasons.
However, this past offseason, George decided to put all of the memories behind him and declare his intentions to join the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 once he became an unrestricted free agent. This prompted Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard to trade George to find the best available trade for his star, and it resulted in a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Although the trade has worked ideally for the Pacers, especially since Victor Oladipo has turned into an absolute star, Pritchard still has some memories about George’s trade to the Thunder, per USA Today’s Jim Ayello.
Pritchard on OKC trade: “We know we got the right players. Quite frankly, they love being here. How important is that to us? That’s paramount. We didn’t know that off the bat, but as soon as they got here, we knew this was their home. Pacerville was their home.”
While George’s departure from the Pacers was mutual, there were certainly some raw feelings involved. George’s main reason for leaving the Lakers was to win in his hometown. Mind you, the Lakers now are obviously were a worse team than the Pacers last year. The Pacers probably have some hard feelings for George for his reasons to leave. Nonetheless, both parties seem to be doing well this season. Hopefully, there are no hard feelings towards George and the Pacers at the end of the season.