Kawhi Leonard to sign with Clippers, join Paul George
As the rest of the NBA hurried to make its free-agency decisions, Kawhi Leonard took his time.
For the Clippers, the wait was more than worth it.
Not only did the Clippers land Leonard, the reigning NBA Finals most valuable player and the most coveted free agent this summer, late Friday night, but they also added a second star in one fell swoop by agreeing to trade for Oklahoma City’s Paul George, according to people not authorized to speak publicly.
To acquire George, who was third in the NBA’s MVP voting this season, the Clippers will pay a heavy price. They agreed to send forward Danilo Gallinari and point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, fresh off an all-rookie season, to Oklahoma City. In addition, the Clippers will send the Thunder four unprotected first-round draft picks, a protected firstround pick and two pick swaps, the people confirmed.