The LA Clippers are doing whatever they can to have an all-star team next season. In a bid to get Kawhi Leonard on their team, they made a huge trade for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George. Doing so clears a path for Kawhi to sign with the Clippers on a four-year, $141 million contract.
As a means to keep Leonard from teaming up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers had to make some drastic moves. The team chose to trade four future unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two pick swaps in an attempt to get George.
The LA Clippers Went To Drastic Measure In Order To Obtain Kawhi Leonard
The LA Clippers are giving Oklahoma their unprotected 2022, 2024 and 2026 picks, their unprotected 2021 and protected 2023 first-round picks via Miami, and the rights to swap picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025.
Also, the team will be sending point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari to the Thunder. According to sources, both George and Leonard want to play together.
While recovering from a shoulder injury, Geroge may possibly miss out on the first few weeks of the season. The newest additions to the team is setting up the Staples Center to be a starry arena with Leonard and George vs. James and Davis.
Sources say that Leonard sat down with three teams, the Clippers, the Lakers, and the Raptors. His last meeting was with the Raptors. Those behind Leonard were trying to buy as much time as possible, meeting with the Lakers on Friday at 9 p.m. as means to delay the trade until Sunday.
However, the delay was a means to give the Kawhi time to consider them for his future home in the NBA.