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Thunder: Paul George trade can be traced back to 1997

The trade that sent Paul George to the Clippers and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and a treasure trove of draft picks to the Thunder can be traced back to a draft night trade in 1997, as the Wall Street Journal outlined earlier this week

The Seattle SuperSonics obtained a 1998 second round pick from the Nuggets that night. That pick became two-time All-Star Rashard Lewis. 

New general manager Sam Presti eventually leveraged Lewis into three first-round draft picks in 2008, 2009 and 2010. 

The timeline from 1997 to Gilgeous-Alexander and Gallinari starts to clear up after that. 

June 26, 2008: Thunder drafts Serge Ibaka with 24th pick in first round

June 23, 2016: Thunder trades Ibaka to Orlando in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova. 

June 30, 2017: Thunder trades Oladipo and Sabonis to Indiana for Paul George. 

July 6, 2019: Thunder trades George to Los Angeles Clippers for Gilgeous-Alexander, Gallinari and the Clippers’ first-round picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026. The Thunder also obtains two first-round picks from L.A. via Miami (2021, 2023) and the right to swap first-round picks in 2023 and 2025. 

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Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti speaks to the media during his first news conference since the trades of Paul George and Russell Westbrook at the Thunder practice facility in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, July 25, 2019.  [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti speaks to the media during his first news conference since the trades of Paul George and Russell Westbrook at the Thunder practice facility in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, July 25, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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