In one of the most anticipated free agent moves in National Basketball Association history, star forward Kawhi Leonard will sign a four-year, $141 million contract with the Clippers, ESPN reported late Friday.
And the move came with another superstar attached, as it was quickly announced that MVP finalist Paul George would be traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Clippers for a massive draft pick haul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari.
After speaking with Kawhi Leonard, George requested a trade from the Thunder to the Los Angeles Clippers. He was excellent on both sides of the ball as they dispatched Orlando, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and finally the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
With this trade, you can that George didn't think the OKC Thunder would be able to win a championship and he wanted to try a different route with a different running mate.
Even though they are also expected to have tremendous offensive upside in Los Angeles given their ceilings of their core players, their defense now has unprecedented levels of potential. But it also suggested that they needed to get him another star.
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Leonard's other recruitment effort was more successful, as the Clippers traded for Paul George in a colossal deal, which in turn convinced him to sign with the team.
Leonard's sister, Miesha Slayton, posted several images on Instagram showing her brother in a Clippers jersey.
"I think he brought such positivity to the team", Tima said.
Get Cavs Insider texts in your phone from Chris Fedor: Cut through the clutter of social media and communicate directly with Fedor about the Cavs - just like you would with your friends. Among them, Danny Green was certainly looking out for his best interests as he bid his time going into week two of Free Agency.
Leonard, a 28-year-old Southern California native, averaged 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds over 60 regular-season games with the Raptors in 2018-19. In the playoffs, Leonard lifted his averages to 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds a contest.
Despite finally pulling off the acquisition of Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, the Lakers freed up enough cap space for a run at Leonard.