Before Paul George was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder last month, there were talks of a deal that could have landed him with the Golden State Warriors, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed Thursday on “The Woj Pod.”
Wojnarowski, who was joined by George on the podcast, claimed the Pacers were seeking Klay Thompson in a deal, but the Warriors nixed that idea and talks dried up.
“There were a lot of trade discussions — I think probably every team in the league checked in with Indiana about you in that window when you were available,” Wojnarowski said to George. “One offer I was told was made was that Indiana offered you to Golden State for Klay Thompson, Golden State said no, and talks didn’t go anywhere.”
The Pacers went on to acquire Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in exchange for George, who’s set to become a free agent next offseason. The four-time All-Star wasn’t convinced that NBA commissioner Adam Silver would’ve even let a deal that had George join forces with the likes of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green go down.
“Yeah, I think that would have been a Chris Paul to L.A. situation where they denied that trade,” George said. “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. 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.”