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San Antonio Spurs Lose Out on Potential Paul George Trade

By Rob Wolkenbrod
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 12: Paul George
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 12: Paul George
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The San Antonio Spurs showed an interest in Paul George, but lost out on him in a trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The San Antonio Spurs came into this offseason looking at Chris Paul. That changed when the Los Angeles Clippers traded him to the Houston Rockets.

The big names weren’t done there, though. Despite the Spurs never being named a big player for Paul George’s services, they were rumored to have an interest in him, specifically during the 2017 NBA Draft.

Well, the Spurs lost out on a second marquee name. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Indiana Pacers have traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis will be headed back to the Pacers in the deal.

Paul George has been traded to OKC, per sources

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 1, 2017

Hearing Oladipo and Sabonis going to Indy

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 1, 2017

This ends the weeks of talk about George’s future. It’s an interesting fit in Oklahoma City, as he pairs with Russell Westbrook. This is part of NBA teams trying to form superteams to counter the recent dominance of the Golden State Warriors, who acquired Kevin Durant in the 2016 offseason. They went on to win the 2017 NBA Finals.

For the Spurs, they potentially were never a serious suitor for George, given the lack of young, heavily-talented assets they had, including lower first-round picks. It won’t push San Antonio any closer to forming a superteam, so the plan — if there was one — could change.

What if an emphasis is placed on re-signing the franchise’s free agents? They were tied to Jonathon Simmons on Friday night, who will become a restricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. ET. A $9 million contract is planned for him.

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So the Spurs will now have to face a Paul-led Rockets team and a George-Westbrook duo in Oklahoma City. It will be an uphill battle, along with the Warriors still having their four-headed monster. What will the team from the Alamo City do to counter this?

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