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Pacers forward Thaddeus Young says Thunder star Paul George will ‘always be a brother to us’

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George will play in Indiana on Thursday for only the second time since the Pacers traded him to the Thunder in the summer of 2017.

Just like last season, George will likely get booed by Pacers fans, but Indiana small forward Thaddeus Young harbors no bad feelings towards George.

“He’ll always be a brother to us, and I’m sure he feels the same way about us,” Thaddeus Young said, via Mark Montieth of Pacers.com.

Paul George spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Pacers. The All-Star swingman told Indiana during the summer of 2017 he wasn’t going to re-sign with the franchise when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

So, the Pacers traded George to the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. PG13 was booed every time he touched the ball last season in Indiana. He finished with just 12 points while shooting 3-of-14 from the field. The Thunder, however, did win the game.

Both the Pacers and Thunder are playing really well this season. Indiana is 43-25 on the season, which is good for third place in the Eastern Conference standings. OKC, meanwhile, entered Wednesday at 41-26, fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

George is averaging 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game this season.