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The two teams that lost the Kawhi Leonard raffle were not particularly friendly as the reigning NBA Final MVP handled its vacant agency.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN in his Hoop Collective Podcast (h / t Dan Feldman of NBC Sports), the Los Angeles Lakers are upset because they feel " played by Leonard become".
by ESPN Ramona Shelburne reported on July 5 that Leonard called on the Lakers to postpone the official execution of their trade with Anthony Davis until Sunday (July 7
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Leonard finally agreed to his deal with the Los Angeles Clippers about two hours after Shelburne reported that he had made his request to the Lakers, at which time the Clippers agreed to four future unprotected first round picks to send a protected first round pick and two pick swaps to the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Paul George.
After ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard f est George was the " co-star he wanted by his side," and George's agent Aaron Mintz submitted a trade proposal to Thunder general manager Sam Presti days before trading with the Clippers went down.
Wojnarowski also stated that Presti agreed to conclude a package deal between George and Russell Westbrook with the Raptors in case the NBA ruled Masters wanted to do it to keep Leonard, but "no conversations have ever appealed," because Toronto was not inclined to put together an offer that came close to what the Clippers did.
Although the Lakers did not land Leonard in the free agency, they still came out of that off-season in a much better shape than at the end of the last Season. Davis and LeBron James are an excellent duo with Kyle Kuzma as the # 3 option. Role-playing players like Kuzma, Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Quinn Cook give them the shoot they missed in 2018-19.
The Raptors, as Windhorst said, remained at the altar, but also won an NBA championship in Leonard's only season with the Team. Your trade with the San Antonio Spurs last year to acquire it is forever a success.
The Clippers landed the player they desperately needed to win their first title and kept him away from the Lakers at the same time. They also added another superstar talent in George to work with Leonard.