The Los Angeles Clippers really got to work to secure Kawhi Leonard’s services this offseason. They ended up landing Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, but things could have been different for both the Clippers and Leonard, as his new team tried to land others stars besides PG-13.
Kawhi reportedly called Kevin Durant to join him in L.A., but KD decided to join Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, according to Jovan Buha and Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Clippers inquired with the Washington Wizards on Bradley Beal and with the Houston Rockets on James Harden but neither player was available.
Now Washington is set to offer Beal a max contract when he becomes eligible to sign an extension this Friday, while the Rockets kept Harden and traded for Paul George’s former teammate Russell Westbrook just a couple of days after the Lob City completed the deal for the Klaw and George.
Buha and Amick report that the Clippers turned their attention George once they learned he wanted a move from the Thunder and that Leonard was doing his part recruiting him to ask for a trade to L.A.
Luckily for the Clippers, they could land their desired duo and they did it in a great way. PG and Leonard have similar styles, both like to talk more on than off the court and when they do, bad things happen for their rivals.
That, mixed with their suffocating defense have taken the Clippers to be the favorite franchise to win the title next year, along with their city neighbors the Los Angeles Lakers.