Well... this certainly came out of nowhere. As the clock was approaching midnight Woj dropped this bomb:
Sources: Oklahoma City is getting a massive package of future picks, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galllinari, to deliver Kawhi Leonard who he wanted to partner with: Paul George. https://t.co/4bGpMNat8K— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
What is even more shocking is that it appears that Paul George is the one who requested the trade.
After Leonard pushed George to find a way to get to the Clippers, Paul George approached the team and requested a trade, league sources tell ESPN. OKC was left with no choice and made the best out of a difficult situation, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
And it appears that there is even more to George’s request:
Rival NBA teams have been aware of the discontent of OKC's two stars: Paul George -- and Russell Westbrook, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Leonard pushed the Clippers in recent days to deliver him a second star, and they did.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 6, 2019
To me this is the shocking part. It seemed like George and Russell Westbrook were on the same page. Yes, the Thunder had roster problems around them, but with the two of them together it seemed like the Thunder could make the run at the top of the conference.
Remember, that before the George injury in Denver the Thunder were a top three team in the West.
Sam Presti was able to pull in a lot of picks to start a full on rebuild. They got seven picks overall (five firsts and two seconds), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari and are positioned to rebuild in a fast manner over the next couple of years.
The next question is this: what does the future hold for both Westbrook and Steven Adams?