Did the Warriors Really Decline a Klay Thompson for Paul George Trade?

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With Paul George in the process of getting settled in his new home with the Oklahoma City Thunder, some interesting news came to light about a trade that seemingly almost happened with the Golden State Warriors. George joined ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s podcast on Thursday, where he dropped a complete shocker on the NBA world.

“There were a lot of trade discussions — I think probably every team in the league checked in with Indiana about you in that window when you were available. One offer I was told was made was that Indiana offered you to Golden State for Klay Thompson, Golden State said no, and talks didn’t go anywhere.”

Wojnarowski threw out the rumor, and the former Indiana Pacers forward said he was aware of the trade offer.

“Yeah, I think that would have been a Chris Paul to L.A. situation where they denied that trade,” George said. “Yeah, I was aware of it. I would’ve looked forward to it, of just being in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship. But it didn’t happen. It’s still fun to team up with a special talent and have a chance to compete against that team.”

This poses a few interesting questions. The first is why the Warriors would decline the trade. Obviously, Klay Thompson is a great shooter and a very good defender as well, but George is no slouch on the defensive end either. He not only averaged over 23 points in each of the past two seasons but also had over 1.6 steals per game as well.

Whether or not the league would have actually denied the trade, as it did with Chris Paul going to the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2011, is completely irrelevant. The real shocker here is that the Warriors seem to have actually declined to add a 27-year-old star in George.