Apparently the 7.1 earthquake in Southern California was just a pre-shock to what the Los Angeles Clippers pulled off on this Friday night. The Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard to a four year and $142 million max contract. The action did not stop there!
The Clippers went ahead and traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danillo Gallinari along with seven total draft picks to the Oklahoma City for Paul George.
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
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
The Clippers have jumped Utah as the Blazers biggest challenge in the Western Conference this season.
According to both Woj and Shams, there is a deep story on getting George to the Clippers. It sounds like there was some heat between Russell Westbrook and George, Kawhi got wind of this and started recruiting George to the Clippers. Sam Presti and the Thunder were completely blindsided.
Rival NBA teams have been aware of the discontent of OKC’s two stars: Paul George — and Russell Westbrook, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Leonard pushed the Clippers in recent days to deliver him a second star, and they did.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 6, 2019
The Thunder are expected to trade both Westbrook and Steven Adams and enter full rebuild mode. Will Portland now go all in on trying to land Kevin Love? What does the rest of the West do now?
What do you all think of what just happened? The NBA will not let another league (or mother nature) get a word in edgewise.
What a night.