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Marc J. Spears: ‘No Way Kawhi Leonard Was Going To Join LeBron James And Anthony Davis’

Marc J. Spears: ‘No Way Kawhi Leonard Was Going To Join LeBron James And Anthony Davis’

Yes, the Kawhi Leonard saga has ended. Yes, he picked the Los Angeles Clippers over the Lakers to be his new team in the association, but we are still finding out about how all the things surrounding Leonard and his decision went down and what things were true and false.

Even though the Klaw was heavily linked with the Lakers during free agency and some people dared to say the Purple and Gold had the upper hand to land the forward, now we get to know that things weren’t that hopeful for the Lakers regarding their intentions to acquire Kawhi’s services.

According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, things were quite different between Leonard and Lakers, as the player had no intention to sign with them.

"A source told The Undefeated early last week that there was 'no way' Leonard was going to sign as a free agent with [LeBron] James, [Anthony] Davis and the Lakers despite speculation they were the front-runners."

Spears also noted "several sources described [Leonard and George] as pretty good friends" and added that the pair reportedly "wanted to play for Clippers coach Doc Rivers."

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, meanwhile reported that Leonard seriously recruited George.

"At the same time he was meeting with the Lakers and Toronto Raptors this week, Leonard was meeting, calling and texting with George, trying to convince him to find a way out of Oklahoma City," Shelburne said.

George ended up finding it when he requested a trade to OKC GM Sam Presti, who knew how to take advantage of the situation, extracting a great package from the Clippers.

However, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, even though Kawhi wasn’t seriously considering the Lakers, they still would have gotten the player if the Clippers somehow didn’t land PG.

"When it was time to make a decision on sacrificing the franchise's long-term future with a historic haul of draft picks, [Steve] Ballmer felt he had no choice. Leonard wanted George, and the Clippers paid an unprecedented price in assets. In the minds of the Clippers' decision makers, they were delivering a massive return of assets to Oklahoma City for George and Leonard. Without George, they were losing Leonard to the Lakers, sources said."

Ultimately, Leonard made the decision he wanted to make at the beginning, taking Paul George with him to the Clippers. At this moment, nobody can say there is a team who’s more favorite to win the next NBA title than the Lob City. This is a summer for them that almost nothing can improve.