Kawhi Leonard leaving Raptors to sign with LA Clippers

Jul 3 2019, 12:14 am

After months of speculation on his next destination, Kawhi Leonard has made the decision that Toronto Raptors fans feared the most.

He’s going home to Los Angeles, but not to play for the Lakers. He’s going to the Clippers, along with Paul George, who was acquired in a surprising trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Both Yahoo’s Chris Haynes and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news late Friday evening. Leonard, who had been deciding between returning to Toronto or signing with one of his hometown teams, has reportedly signed a four-year, $142 maximum contract with the Clippers.

Leonard will join forces with George, who he reportedly recruited from Oklahoma City. It was a move that nobody saw coming, as George requested a trade and the Thunder obliged.

The Clippers gave up a ransom to get George, as getting him meant that they would also secure Leonard. They gave up Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two pick swaps in the deal.

It likely now makes Kawhi’s new team the favourites to win the NBA championship next season.

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