Before he traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard reportedly turned down a blockbuster three-team deal involving the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers for the All-Star forward.
As The Undefeated's Mike Wise reported Saturday, Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert agreed to a trade that would have sent Kevin Love to Denver, George to Cleveland and Gary Harris to the Pacers, but Pritchard backed out of the deal.
ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne first reported the Pacers dealt George to the Thunder.
Indiana's return for George has been widely panned, with ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman noting executives around the NBA felt Pritchard was "too hellbent" on dealing George out of the Eastern Conference and made the situation "emotional instead of taking the best offer."
George spent the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Pacers. The club drafted him 10th overall in 2010, and he led the franchise to six playoff appearances, including back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014.
Now, George will get to pair his skills with those of reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook as the Thunder look to return to the Western Conference's elite.