He came. He saw. He conquered.
Now, Kawhi Leonard is going home.
His dream was never to shoot hoops in Toronto. He had made it clear during his days with the San Antonio Spurs that the end game for him was to play at home…in Los Angeles.
In recent days, it seemed the Clippers were third on Leonard’s destinations – behind the L.A. Lakers and staying with the Raptors.
It appears, though, Leonard and his camp had been working behind the scenes to broker an arrangement to have Paul George traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deal for George includes five first-round draft picks.
ESPN story on OKC’s Sam Presti leveraging the Clippers and Raptors on a Paul George trade, a deal ultimately dictating the balance of power in the NBA. https://t.co/Etm0YwVLmB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Reports suggest Leonard will sign a four-year, $142-million deal – the most the Clippers could offer. The Raptors were in a position to offer more, but it had become clear money was not a driving factor for Leonard.
Leonard becomes the first NBA player to switch teams after winning a championship and being named playoff MVP.
Leonard led the post-season in total minutes played, points, rebounds and steals; averaged 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 3.9 assists and shot 49 per cent from the floor
In addition to the Leonard move, Danny Green, who arrived in Toronto with Leonard a year ago, will sign a free agent deal with the Lakers.