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Cavs, Pacers Were Very Close To Completing Paul George Trade

19 Juillet 2017

If it was true that the Cavs were super close to acquiring PG-13, there has to be some internal discussions about the package they offered compared to the Thunder only giving up Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. It was less than three weeks ago, after all.

Paul George had teams pursuing him from all over the place for weeks earlier in the National Basketball Association offseason, and it just became a matter of what deal the Indiana Pacers would pull the trigger on.

The Cavs' interest in swingman Paul George was well documented before he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but before the Indiana Pacers chose to deal the four-time All-Star to the Thunder, they reportedly were very close to shipping George to their Eastern Conference rivals. Here's what he had to say (transcript is via the Sporting News).

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"[Interim Cavaliers general manager] Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George", Wojnarowski said.

"It was so close, in fact, that in was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert", Wojnarowski said. "IN backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal".

There's a lot of things we don't know about this report, which really raises more questions than it answers.