Kawhi Leonard will sign a four year, $142 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors for Los Angeles. The Clippers reportedly are also trading for Oklahoma City Thunder forward, and fellow NBA All Star, Paul George.
The Leonard news came courtesy of Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 6, 2019
Sources: As expected, Kawhi Leonard: four-year, $142M maximum contract.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Literally seconds after that news broke, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN followed up with the improbable trade for George:
Oklahoma City is trading All-Star Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers for a record-setting collection of draft choices, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Sources: Oklahoma City is getting a massive package of future picks, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galllinari, to deliver Kawhi Leonard who he wanted to partner with: Paul George. https://t.co/4bGpMNat8K— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
OKC acquired THREE unprotected first-round picks from the Clippers in this trade (2022, 2024 and 2026), league sources say, PLUS two firsts from Miami (2021 unprotected and 2023 protected 1-to-14) ... AND the right to swap picks with the Clips in 2023 and 2025. Staggering— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 6, 2019
Wojnarowski continues the story:
Kawhi Leonard has been recruiting Paul George to find a way to get to the Clippers and LA pulled it off tonight: George goes to the Clippers with Leonard, and together they walk into Staples Center to go head-to-head with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
After Leonard pushed George to find a way to get to the Clippers, Paul George approached the team and requested a trade, league sources tell ESPN. OKC was left with no choice and made the best out of a difficult situation, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
The Clippers’ blitz mirrors the Los Angeles Lakers’ push for LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Battle for L.A., and perhaps the NBA’s Western Conference, is now fully joined.
Shams Charania elaborates on the discontent in Oklahoma City: