Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, Paul George make NBA's best defensive lineup

Clippers' Kawhi Leonard, Paul George make NBA's best defensive lineup

While Durant chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, George was convinced to ask for a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Los Angeles Clippers to play with Leonard.

The Clippers were seen as the underdog by most pundits in the three-horse race for Kawhi's services, that also included the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers. It was announced that the Clippers would send young guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, veteran forward Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks for George, and with that came a welcome surprise to Clipper Nation and National Basketball Association fans alike.

In more free agent news, Kawhi Leonard's championship teammate Danny Green will sign with the LA Lakers, NBA insider Shams Charania said on Twitter.

The Toronto Raptors celebrate after winning the 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors after Game Six of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

The source, who agreed to speak under the condition of anonymity due to none of the acquisitions being finalized, says that George will be traded for at least four first-round picks.

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What Green brings to the table for Los Angeles is shooting and perimeter defense. But usually you end up wishing you did, as the unhappy superstar and corresponding chaos these situations create thwart any chance at team building.

Leonard, who returns to his hometown, averaged a career-best 26.6 points this past season along with 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game. Leonard reportedly pushed George to find a way to the Clippers from OKC and he quickly requested the Thunder trade him, according to Woj. It looks like a boiling point has been reached with the players. But unlike most of the other big-name free agents, Leonard wasn't tied to any team within the first 24 hours of the negotiation period.

Simply, Toronto didn't have the depth of picks it needed to get a deal done - nor the certainty that getting George would make Leonard stay with the Raptors...
In the playoffs, Leonard lifted his averages to 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds a contest.

With Westbrook, they may actually have an opportunity to trade for another top-flight talent for a bargain price. Missing out on George also could have resulted in Kawhi going to the rival Lakers, making them a super team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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