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Doc Rivers admitted Paul George trade was an on-again, off-again deal before finalization

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, September 08, 2019 5:59pm

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said in an interview that, several times, he thought that the Paul George trade that sent the former Oklahoma Thunder to the Clippers would not materialize.

Appearing at The Rich Eisen Show on Saturday (Philippine time), Rivers said that the deal was called off and on several times one the same day before the trade finally went through some time around dinner.

"I can tell you on the day that it all went down, at 10 that morning, we thought the deal was over. That it wasn't going to happen. Because Oklahoma and us, we just couldn't get a deal done. At two, we thought it was back on. At five, [Clippers president Lawrence Frank] said 'Hey, it's over. We can all just go to dinner,'” Rivers shared.

“And so I was on my way to dinner, I was literally walking into Nobu in Malibu and I get a text, 'Grab your phone, it's back on.' Within an hour, the deal was done," the champion coach continued.

To get George, LA sent OKC guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari, and three of their first-round picks (2022, 2024 and 2026) as well as two first-rounders via Miami (2021 and 2023). The Thunder also received the right to swap first-round picks in 2023 and 2025.

According to multiple reports, Kawhi Leonard required the Clippers to get the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player candidate before the 2018-2019 NBA champion and Finals MVP signed with the team.

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