After weeks and months of NBA trade rumors involving Paul George, it appears there is finally an official trade. The Indiana Pacers star has been sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA trade involving Victor Oladipo. The latest move is a shocker based on the fact that OKC wasn't necessarily a team being discussed as a potential destination for George. However, now he'll join NBA MVP Russell Westbrook on the Thunder. Here's the latest on the deal and what it could mean for the rest of the league.

What's the deal?

In a surprising trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

In exchange, the Pacers will receive guard Victor Oladipo, who only spent a season in OKC after being sent there from Orlando, as well as young emerging player Domantas Sabonis. As of this report, it is unknown if there are other pieces involved in this deal.

As mentioned, this NBA trade is a shocker to most people that have been following along with the various rumors and reports involving George. For weeks the speculation has been that Paul George was going to be traded to a team such as the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, or Los Angeles Lakers. Of those teams, George had expressed his desire to become a member of the Lakers after the upcoming season when he becomes a free agent.

Thunder roster upgrade

The move automatically upgrades an Oklahoma City Thunder roster that needed to add at least one more star to complement Russell Westbrook. Paul George gives OKC an all-around dynamic player that does just that. For the past season, PG13 averaged 23.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. George shot 46.1 percent from the field, including a 39.3 percent three-point shooting rate.

The addition of George to a lineup that includes the NBA MVP will certainly help the Thunder become more competitive in a Western Conference that has been changing quickly and dramatically. Just a day or so ago, the Houston Rockets traded for Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers. The Minnesota Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler in a trade from the Chicago Bulls on Draft night.

Meanwhile, there's the Gordon Hayward free agency situation going on this weekend which could add another All-Star to a contender such as Boston.

That said, one has to applaud the "stealth move" that the Oklahoma City Thunder front office put together here. One also has to wonder what else might be involved in this deal, because otherwise, it would seem that Oklahoma City got a steal just like Minnesota did with Jimmy Butler, giving up just a few lesser caliber players for on the league's top stars.

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