Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are the Newest Members of the Los Angeles Clippers!

     Late Friday night, news broke that Kawhi Leonard finally made his long-awaited free-agency decision and decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers. But why? They had no second star and he left a seemingly perfect situation in Toronto to join the second-best NBA team in the city. He was Canada’s golden boy for a year; did he really love Los Angeles that much? Then out of nowhere, PAUL GEORGE IS A CLIPPER! The Clippers traded their whole future for a second star to pair with NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. And it was absolutely worth it.

     Soon after the trade, it was stated that Kawhi would not sign with the Clippers if Paul George did not join him. This forced Jerry West and the Clippers front office to essentially trade the boatload of picks, Shai, and Danilo for both

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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Clippers are always known as the little brother to the Lakers, and all the big-time free agents rumored to go to Los Angeles join the Lakers. This trade helped the Clippers finally get out of the Lakers’ shadow and potentially make a run at being the best NBA team this upcoming season. 

     The trade partner for LA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, are setting themselves up for a fantastic future. Now I understand that you may be thinking, they lost Harden, Durant, and Paul George, three perennial all-stars and they are paying Russell $50 million every season. But, when you dive deeper, you notice that even after giving up on Harden too quickly, the Thunder literally turned Serge Ibaka into Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, 4 unprotected 1st round picks, 2 pick swaps, and 1 protected 1st round pick. As well as that, now with Westbrook on the trade block, they can get more draft picks and young players on the team, giving them many chances at getting a future superstar through the draft. 

     Back to the Clippers, though, they are going to have an absolutely potent roster. With a starting lineup of Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Moe Harkless, and Ivica Zubac, they will be a defensive juggernaut together, especially the backcourt. Offensively, though, the Clippers will be no slouch, with George, Leonard, Lou Williams, and Montezl Harrell. 

     Last, but not least, I think all NBA fans should thank Kawhi Leonard for bringing back parity to the league. For the first time since 2010, nobody has the slightest idea which two teams will make the NBA Finals.

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