It’s been a crazy start to this year’s offseason with many of the biggest names in the game moving franchises including the most recent Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard.
Kawhi, the now two-time Finals MVP decided not to pursue back to back championships with the Raptors as he chose to move back to Los Angeles and join the Clippers.
The final decision was a surprise for many, including Lakers fans who believed there was a very high chance that Leonard would be heading there if he wanted to leave Toronto. It’s left the franchise disappointed on missing out on one of the greatest players in the league at this time.
Speaking for Lakers Nation, Magic Johnson says that Kawhi Leonard electing to join the Los Angeles Clippers was a big disappointment.
However, he was also quite pleased with how well the city of Los Angeles is doing, describing it as the “king of basketball.”
Although the Lakers have missed out on Kawhi, the franchise will still be a contender for the championship this season with Anthony Davis joining LeBron James in the famous purple and gold jerseys. Johnson says that with Davis and LeBron, the Lakers “aren’t going anywhere.”
Per The LA Times:
When Leonard and his camp called Johnson before the All-Star forward met with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka last week, Johnson had high hopes Leonard would pick the Lakers.
“Everybody tried. That’s all you can do,” Johnson said. “I’m a Laker, man. I was hoping all day. But for the league, it turned out great. And for this town, it’s the king of basketball. You got LeBron and AD with the Lakers and Paul George and Kawhi with the Clippers.
“You got to say to Jerry West, Doc Rivers and [Steve] Ballmer, congratulations,” he said. “For the Lakers, there’s disappointment but joy too, because we pivoted and got some great players in free agency and we still have LeBron and AD. In a perfect world, you’d love to have Kawhi. But, hey, the Lakers ain’t going anywhere.”
After the way this offseason is playing out, one of the biggest games we’re most looking forward to seeing in the 2019/20 season is the battle of Los Angeles when the Clippers and Lakers meet.