The 2019 NBA Offseason has been proven that no one is safe when a team wants a superstar. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but those Los Angeles teams sure were. In their quest to stay relevant against the almighty Lakers, the Clippers have just traded with OKC to obtain Paul George in order to secure Kawhi Leonard, successfully I might add. But in the process, they had to give up a player that has given everything to their organization in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Originally, he was tagged as an untradable player, but it is hard to pass on Paul George especially if it means Kawhi Leonard is involved. So, SGA is on his way to Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City is on its way to becoming the new Phoenix. Not in terms of actual city importance, but in terms of how their NBA teams are massing Kentucky players.
The Suns have had incredible amounts of former Wildcats including Tyler Ulis, Archie Goodwin, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe. Now, Billy Donovan has decided to take the same route trading for SGA. OKC now has Patrick Patterson, Nerlens Noel, Hamidou Diallo, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Effectively assuming the title of the Oklahoma City Wildcats and leading the BBNBA charge.
Let’s hope this strategy works out better for the Thunder than the Suns.