Kawhi Leonard, Paul George to join NBA’s LA Clippers

The Lakers had been looking for another star to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Leonard is 28, George is 29 and both of them are all-world defenders who can score from everywhere and will make each other better.

If he does make the move, Leonard is expected to sign a four-year, $142 million contract with the Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard, pictured here celebrating the Raptors' first National Basketball Association title in their 24-year history, is leaving after one season in Toronto.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is seen during a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Antonio. George has a player option for the 21-22 season, but it's hard to imagine him opting-out if the Clippers turn out to be as successful as many would expect.

Both players join the Clippers after the most productive seasons of their respective careers. Oklahoma City will get four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two pick swaps in the next several years. If George's relationship with Westbrook were ideal, if George thought the Thunder were contenders, Leonard's request may have fallen on deaf ears.

The NBA was shaken up with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George headed to the Los Angeles Clippers, leaving the Philadelphia 76ers as the most talented team in the Eastern Conference.

Wojnarowski initially reported Raptors president Masai Ujiri balked at the star-laden proposal, but he clarified on Saturday that Toronto simply couldn't match the Clippers' offer - with or without Siakam.

"He's the best two-way player in the NBA", Ujiri said during the NBA Finals.

Leonard finished the 2018-19 campaign with the sixth-highest points per game pace in the league.

Rapper Snoop Dogg has decided to make his pitch to Leonard to join the Los Angeles Lakers through music.

If that is the case, it would add to the acrimonious departure of Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors from Oklahoma City in 2016, also amid reports of discontent with Westbrook. In large part because they believed they would land him as a free agent, the Lakers didn't go all in trying to trade for George from Indiana.

We won't bet against Leonard setting any more records, but this is one Raptors fans might not care for.

  • Salvatore Jensen