Kawhi Leonard & Free Agency
After days and days of waiting, we finally have a decision from free agent, Small Forward Kawhi Leonard. The Los Angeles Clippers. All I can say is thank god it wasn’t the Lakers! He’s also from LA so it makes sense he wanted to go back home, that was clear when he requested a trade from the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard signed a 4 year $142 million deal with the Clippers and also got All Star, Paul George to request a trade from Oklahoma and join him. George is also from LA so he’s pretty happy about the move as well.
The Clippers over the Lakers
Between LBJ, Magic, Pelinka, and all the “Lake show” drama, Kawhi wanted no part of that. He loves his privacy, he doesn’t want to be doing all the shows and movies like LeBron is. The Lakers also have Anthony Davis. Leonard is too talented to be 3rd fiddle on a team. Kawhi has also been wanting to play with Paul George for some time so he had to do his own recruiting before announcing his free agency decision.
Championship team coming?
Can Leonard and George lead this team to its first Finals? After what The Klaw did in Toronto, I absolutely believe so. Kawhi did what LeBron was supposed to do in his first year with the Lakers – win the chip. Leonard is an absolute monster of a two-way player, he has the ability to lead any team to the Finals. He is a lock-down defender and amazing on offense.
The future of The Klaw in LA
Los Angeles gives Kawhi Leonard the opportunity to grow his New Balance brand and nail some killer endorsements. He also can be a legend of his own with the Clippers. The team, since 1970 has 0 retired numbers, 0 conference titles, 0 championship and only 2 division titles. He can bring success to this team and be the first Clipper to have his number retired. Best of luck to Kawhi!