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Paul George and Ricky Rubio Trades Headline Wild Week as NBA Free Agency Begins

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On the eve of free agency in the NBA, it seems as though nobody is safe. All-Stars Paul George and Rajon Rondo were among the players to ditch their old teams, and key players like Ricky Rubio and Victor Oladipo were also moved.

Pacers traded Paul George to the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis

Indiana dealt superstar Paul George to Oklahoma City after George confirmed he would not re-sign with Indiana next summer. George is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-2018 season. The 27-year-old George had mentioned his interest in signing with his home-state Los Angeles Lakers next offseason. This move unites MVP Russell Westbrook and 4x All-star George, the first All-star that Westbrook has played with since Kevin Durant left in free agency last season. There may be other parts of the deal that have not yet been reported. Stay tuned to @TSJ_NBA for updates.

Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio to the Jazz for a 2018 first-round pick

Minnesota traded 26-year-old Ricky Rubio to Utah in another surprise move on Friday afternoon. The Spaniard was a former 5th overall pick by the Timberwolves. Minnesota will receive a first round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft via Oklahoma City. The pick is top-14 protected. The Jazz had to make the deal before midnight on Friday. If they hadn’t, they would have lost the $16 million of expiring salary-cap space necessary to complete it. Minnesota used the trade to clear space for a big run in free agency after already landing Jimmy Butler in a separate trade earlier on the night of the NBA Draft with the Chicago Bulls.

Chicago Bulls waive PG Rajon Rondo, who will enter free agency

The Bulls announced they were waiving the veteran point guard on Friday night. Rondo had a team option worth over $13 million that would have become fully guaranteed had the Bulls not waived him by Friday’s deadline. The Bulls still owe Rondo $3 million in guaranteed money. The former All-star played just one season in Chicago, averaging 7.8 points and 6.7 assists per game.

Blake Griffin signs a new deal with the Los Angeles Clippers

Despite reports that he would look to sign elsewhere after the departure of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin committed to signing a five-year, $173 million deal with the Clippers. Griffin’s new deal does not include a no-trade clause. Griffin is currently recovering from a toe injury that cut his season short during the Clippers opening round matchup with the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA playoffs. This was the second year in a row that Griffin suffered an injury in the playoffs that forced him to miss the remainder of the postseason.

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