The LA Clippers make a blockbuster trade for striker Paul George of Oklahoma City Thunder and pave the way for free agent Kawhi Leonard to sign a $ 142 million four-year deal with the Clippers, ESPN league sources said , In an eleventh hour to hold Leonard off of a partnership with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers swap four future unprotected picks for the first round, a protected pick for the first round, and two picks for the Thunder George, told league sources ESPN.
The Clippers send Oklahoma City their unprotected 2022, 2024 and 2026 picks, their unprotected first round 2021 and protected 2023 picks over Miami, and the rights to swap picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2000 In 2025, league sources said.
The Clippers also send the point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari into the Thunder, told league sources ESPN.
George and Leonard wanted to play George and his agent Aaron Mintz have recently turned to Sam Presti, General Manager of Thunder, for a deal. Leonard wanted to enter a championship candidate and he believed George was the co-star he wanted by his side.
With the additions on Friday night, the Staples Center seems to be the most star-studded arena in the NBA: Leonard and George vs. James and Davis.
Leonard had held meetings with three teams, according to sources, with which he wanted to put together in a free agency. He met with the Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors last week, with Toronto holding its final meeting, sources from the league said.