Paul George's trade to Oklahoma City makes both the Thunder and the National Basketball Association better - and it makes for a more compelling Western Conference - but its impact isn't as positive on the fantasy side of things.
George has been the subject of much speculation on where he'll end up playing after he informed the Pacers he would become a free agent when his contract expires after next season.
As for George, who averaged 18 FGA per game last season on his way to a career-best 23.7 PPG, the same concerns are there.
George gives the Thunder a dynamic second superstar to pair alongside Russell Westbrook, a necessity by today's National Basketball Association standards and something OKC glaringly missed last season when Kevin Durant left for Golden State. They tried very hard last February to trade for George prior to the trade deadline only to see those efforts fail. It's not exactly the blockbuster haul for George, but the Pacers were at a disadvantage because George told the team he wasn't coming back after next season.
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.
Sure, this is likely a one-year rental for Oklahoma City with Paul George, especially since his desires to play for the Lakers are well known.
It's unknown what the market would be like for Young but he was traded to the Pacers from the Brooklyn Nets for the 20th overall pick and a future 2nd round pick during last year's NBA Draft.
For the Lakers, the news was expectedly quiet and calm as the team reached out to a handful of free agents at midnight in Andre Iguodala, Rajon Rondo and Ben McLemore. Paul George will make $19 million this season before he hits free agency next year.