Kawhi Leonard will spend subsequent season in Los Angeles in spite of everything.
The 6-7 wing has agreed to phrases with the Clippers, in keeping with ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. The deal is predicted to be value a $142 million over 4 years.
The Clippers are sending the Thunder 4 unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round choose and two choose swaps, league sources inform ESPN. These picks go to OKC with Gallinari and SGA.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Extremely, ESPN additionally reviews Thunder star Paul George is becoming a member of Leonard on the Clippers, making a blockbuster rivalry with the Lakers, who’ve LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Oklahoma Metropolis, alternatively, will purchase Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and 5 first-round draft picks (4 of which can be unprotected).
Leonard, 28, is recent off a season during which he led the Raptors to the franchise’s first NBA title and claimed Finals MVP honors. It seems as if he felt enjoying for the Clippers was his most suitable choice shifting ahead.
Leonard missed 22 video games in 2018-19, because the Raptors selected to make use of load administration as a option to monitor a quad harm he suffered in 2016-17 as a member of the Spurs, an harm that paved the way in which for his exit from San Antonio. Leonard nonetheless averaged 26.6 factors and seven.three rebounds per recreation in 60 appearances within the 2018-19 common season – serving to Toronto end second within the Japanese Convention with a 58-24 file.
His numbers bought even higher within the postseason, as he averaged 30.5 factors and 9.1 rebounds per recreation and led all gamers in minutes. Although he led the Raptors to their first title, his signature second got here in Recreation 7 of the Japanese semifinals together with his buzzer-beater to eradicate the Sixers.
The 2-time Defensive Participant of the 12 months and three-time All-Star now has two Finals MVP awards below his belt after Toronto topped the Warriors in six video games.
Leonard was this yr’s most wanted free agent.