When the Indiana Pacers were shopping Paul George, they apparently made a call to the Golden State Warriors to gauge their interest in swapping George for Klay Thompson.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned the possible trade during his recent podcast with George, and he said the Warriors declined the trade and wanted to keep Thompson.
Instead, the Pacers traded George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
It probably didn’t hurt to try to trade for Thompson, but the Pacers had absolutely zero leverage in making trade demands since George made it clear he wasn’t re-signing with the Pacers after 2017.
George also indicated he’d like to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers before the 2018 season, so it wouldn’t make sense for the Warriors to give up Thompson—who’s under contract through the end of the 2019 season—for a player likely to leave after next year.
Even if the Warriors deemed George a better overall player than Thompson, they wouldn’t want to sacrifice Thompson’s elite perimeter shooting for George. Thompson shoots 42 percent from 3-point range for his career, while George shoots 37 percent.
A lineup consisting of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Paul George would’ve been lethal too, but it wasn’t worth the risk for the Warriors.
(h/t The Spun)