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Thunder’s Paul George, Pacers’ Victor Oladipo Discuss George’s First Game Back In Indiana

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It is finally over. The first game Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George has played in Indiana since his trade from the Pacers to the Thunder during the offseason is in the books.

The Thunder came out victorious and George, who was showered by boos from Pacers fans, is happy that the “circus” is over.

“I’m glad the circus is over with. Now everybody can move on,” George said per Royce Young of ESPN. “I understood what the environment was going to be coming into tonight. My teammates did a great job of helping me battle this one tonight.”

“Let’s put all this to rest for what it is. I had an amazing seven years here. I was blessed to play in front of a great Indiana fan base, which as you saw tonight, they showed up and showed out. I’m grateful. I’m grateful to play in this organization. But ultimately, I didn’t achieve what I wanted to do here, and I moved on. Both sides moved on, and let’s all move on.”

George struggled in his return, scoring just 12 points, but had glowing things to say about Pacers shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who was a part of the trade that sent George to Oklahoma City.

“Vic is the face of Indiana” George said according to Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman.

“Vic is the future of Indiana. I’m along with Indiana on this Victor wave. He’s gonna be great here. He’s blessed and he’s talented. He’s what you want in a guy for a franchise. Let’s put all this to rest for what it is.

I had an amazing seven years here. I was blessed to play in front of a great Indiana fan base, which as you saw tonight, they showed up and showed out. I’m grateful. I’m grateful to play in this organization.

But ultimately I didn’t achieve what I wanted to do here and I moved on. Both sides moved on, and let’s all move on.”

George has to guard Oladipo for most of the game and the Pacers guard was complimentary of George after the game.

“I know he did a great job on me defensively” Oladipo said of George’s defense, according to Fox Sports Indiana.

“First time I’ve had a defender like that guard me since I’ve been on this team. Just trying to deny me. He’s long, can move his feet. It’s something new for me. I’ll be ready if there’s anybody else out there.”

It appears that there is a mutual respect between the two players traded for one another and that the Pacers/Thunder mini-feud is far from over.

 

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Hornets Sign Jalen McDaniels

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Jalen McDaniels

The Charlotte Hornets have signed second-round draft pick Jalen McDaniels to a contract, according to an official team press release.

The McDaniel signings comes off the heels of the team releasing Thomas Welsh, which created the necessary roster spot of the addition of McDaniels.

McDaniels averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists last season for San Diego State.

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Hornets Release Thomas Welsh

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Thomas Welsh

The Charlotte Hornets have released veteran big man Thomas Welsh, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell.

Welsh spent his rookie season on a two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets, but was waived in July.

The Hornets picked him up shortly thereafter, but he now becomes an unrestricted free agent if he successfully clears waivers.

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Pacers Sign Walt Lemon Jr.

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Walt Lemon Jr.

The Indiana Pacers have signed Walt Lemon Jr. to their 20-man roster, according to a team press release.

Lemon, 27, appeared in five games with the New Orleans Pelicans last season and six games with the Chicago Bulls as well, but has spent the majority of his career in the G League.

It will be interesting to see how the Pacers utilize Lemon moving forward.

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