Paul George to Warriors would’ve been death knell for rest of NBA

04 January 2013: Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) looks to pass the ball during the Boston Celtics 94-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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Imagine Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Paul George, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green playing for the same team. If things in the NBA aren’t already lopsided enough, the Golden State Warriors attempted to pull off a coup that would have sent another one of the league’s best players to the Bay Area.

Fortunately for the rest of the league, the formation of the Golden State Globetrotters never came to fruition.

However, George did admit the idea was openly discussed between the Indiana Pacers and the Warriors before he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Yeah, I was aware of it. I would’ve looked forward to it, of just being in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship,” George told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, according to the Norman Transcript’s Fred Katz. But it didn’t happen. It’s still fun to team up with a special talent and have a chance to compete against that team.”

The deal reportedly fell through after the Pacers inquired about acquiring Thompson. There was no interest with the Warriors in parting ways with the other “Splash Brother,” and so the possibility of the five-man All-Star team-up will forever remain a figment of our basketball imaginations.

There really wasn’t much of a chance the NBA would sign off on such a trade anyway, as George wisely pointed out in his interview with Wojnarowski. The Warriors already have enough firepower to rival Fort Bragg after adding Durant last year. George would have put them way over the top.

While it would have been fun to watch momentarily, it also would have killed the competitive nature of the NBA. The Warriors went 16-1 in the playoffs with Durant on the roster. Throw in George and they wouldn’t lose a playoff game, period. Perhaps they’d even sweep the regular season as well.

Those are the levels of craziness we’re beginning to witness when it comes to the formation of some of these superteams. The Warriors are still the team to beat in the NBA, but there is some hope that a team might one day give them a run for their money.

That day appears to be a long way off.

If anything, the attempt to land George shows the Warriors aren’t finished filling out their juggernaut roster. They are still building the perfect monster, a Frankenstein team full of superstar talent. There is no easing up as their foot remains closely pressed on the NBA’s throat.

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