After seemingly an eternity Kawhi Leonard has made his free agency decision. Leonard has reached a four-year, $142 million maximum contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski. Leonard signed this deal because they were able to acquire Paul George.
Instead of forming a super team and another “Big 3” with the Los Angeles Lakers, Leonard changed it up. It seems he wanted a situation where he and another super-star, in this case, Paul George, were able to work together.
In the end, Kawhi Leonard didn't want to construct a Super Team with the Lakers. He wanted a co-star across the Staples corridor with the Clippers, and made it clear to Steve Ballmer and Lawrence Frank: Get PG, and I'm coming.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
This news may come as a surprise to some. Many were expecting Leonard’s choice to come down to the
Lakers and the Toronto Raptors. In the end, Leonard went with the Clippers and has dramatically shifted the framework of the NBA.
Leonard has single-handedly changed the Clippers organization from a playoff team to a potential championship contender. This is the kind of influence Leonard has on a team. He is now poised to help take this team to greatness.
With the addition of Paul George, this team becomes just that much better. The Clippers now have a solid all-around team that will be able to make a run in the playoffs. With the Warriors losing Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson being held out with an ACL injury the Western Conference is up for grabs. These signings could not have come at a better time for the Clippers.
Leonard has finally returned to his home and has now become the face of yet another franchise. With a younger core and two new super-stars leading this team, the Clippers will look to make a lot of noise heading into next season.