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.