Report: Clippers thought Kawhi Leonard would join Lakers

247Sports - 07-08


The Los Angeles Clippers pulled off one of the greatest offseason coups in NBA history early Saturday morning when they not only secured Kawhi Leonard in free agency, but also acquired Paul George in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The latter was apparently necessary for the former. Leonard reportedly recruited George right off of the Thunder roster, convincing him to request a trade to the Clippers and in turn telling the Clippers that he would sign only if they acquired George. So that begs the question: what would Leonard have done had the Thunder simply refused to move George at all?