Obviously the Clippers had built their entire franchise strategy over the last year solely around landing Leonard. They pulled it off and a lot of credit must go to owner Steve Ballmer, president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, coach Doc Rivers and adviser Jerry West.
The pull of home was obviously strong for Leonard, but he didn’t join the city’s glamour franchise, instead choosing to go to the squad attempting to carve out a legacy of its own in LA. Oh, and he’s teaming up with Paul George.
The Clippers are reportedly sending an insane draft pick haul to Oklahoma City in exchange for George, another California native
Leonard will join a squad that went 48-34 last season and was bounced from the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers are led by leading-scorer Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Landry Shamet. LA also added Maurice Harkless and Rodney McGruder this offseason.
Adding Leonard and George to the mix makes the Clippers one of the favorites in the Western Conference and almost certainly a title contender.