Victor Oladipo traded to the Indiana Pacers

Report: Nuggets express interest in free agent point guard George Hill

But it was the Paul George trade that caught everyone's attention.

The Thunder might not have what it needs to convince George to remain after next season, but at least the team will now be in the mix and have the opportunity to show him what he means to the organization.

With this acquisition, the Thunder will try to repeat successes from Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant era, and on the other hand, Paul George will try to make some breakthrough because, in the past two years, he was stagnating in Indianapolis and struggling to make some results in the post season.

Now Westbrook will welcome George, who had told the Indiana Pacers he would not stay beyond the end of his contract next season and had spoken of wanting to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

Oladipo, 25, averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season for Oklahoma City. In return, IN receives guard Victor Oladipo and power forward Domantas Sabonis.

Meanwhile, big man Blake Griffin is also reportedly confirmed to sign a 5-year deal with his team Los Angeles Clippers.

Even if the Thunder was to lose George after next season, they could start rebuilding with a large amount of money they can spend on free agents.

Who Was on the Free Agent Market at Shooting Guard? Look for Westbrook's 24 field goal attempts per game to drop closer to 20 and for his scoring to go from 31.6 PPG to somewhere in the high 20s.

A four-time All-Star with the Pacers, George has averaged 19 points and 7.3 rebounds in the playoffs.

The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat are expected to get meetings with Hayward in the next 48 hours before he meets with the Jazz and makes his decision, unless more teams get into the mix. Both players appeared in "Oklahoma" last summer in the trade with Orlando of his Serge Ibaki. Earlier Friday, ESPN's Zach Lowe tweeted that Golden State and the former Finals MVP had no plans to meet concerning his free agency. The Bulls are building a new team, and after trading Jimmy Butler and firing Rajon Rondo, it is obvious did Teodosic will have one of the major roles in Chicago.

The Oklahoma City Thunder just made the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season way more interesting, and in the process, they may have also given themselves a better shot at making sure Russell Westbrook will remain part of the team for a long, long time.

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