The Clippers nab Kawhi Leonard and Paul George from out of nowhere to restart 2019 Free Agency insanity

After a wild two days to start free agency, things eventually simmered. Several small deals were made but the rest of the league was on Kawhi Watch.

The best free agent available on the market, Kawhi Leonard was taking his time and figuring our where to sign. Three teams were in the running, the Lakers, Clippers and Raptors. There were several murmurs with very little details. Insiders and fake insiders were watching every move by Leonard, the Lakers, Clippers and Raptors, to the point where they were tracking Leonard’s flight to Toronto.

Through all of that, two clear favorites emerged, the Lakers with their two superstars and the Raptors with their championship core. The Clippers were all but left for dead in the Kawhi sweepstakes.

Today, after an earthquake rocked parts of California and Nevada, Yahoo’s Chris Haynes and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski unleashed a earth-shaking reports:

But wait, there’s more.

Yes. That’s right. From no superstars just a few hours ago, the Clippers have suddenly completed back-to-back massive moves to bring in Leonard and Paul George.

As reported by Wojnarowski, it was Leonard that worked to build the new-look Clipper team. He found another player who wanted to play in LA and they both found a home with the Clippers.

The Clippers gave up a massive haul to be able to bring George, an in turn, Leonard to the team.

The 2019 NBA Free Agency continues to change the landscape of the league. This latest move by Clippers vaults them into NBA Championship contention. The duo of George and Leonard are arguably the two best two-way players in the league. George was an MVP candidate for his strong play for the OKC Thunder. Leonard had a searing-hot Playoff campaign leading to another NBA Championship and Finals MVP.

The Clippers will have the two players on long-term deals giving them a bigger window to compete for the crown.

As for the Thunder, they’re back to where they were two years ago. After trading for George to bring together two All-Stars with the hope of winning a championship, they’re back to just Russell Westbrook, young players and a ton of picks.

They had to make the most out of their situation because once again, a superstar forward wanted out of the team. Just when everyone thought that the Thunder were going to have a drama-free summer, this trade happened.

This shockwave is sure to affect the rest of the league. Several players that have been waiting for Leonard to sign can now start to finalize their contracts.

The first player to make a move was Leonard’s former teammate, Danny Green. The sweet-shooting forward will be signing with Leonard’s the in-town rivals, the Lakers. This was first reported by the Athletic’s Shams Charania with details of the deal from Woj.

The Lakers are now making quick moves to fill out their roster. They re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee on separate two-year deals.

They joins Green, Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley as LA’s free agent signings so far this summer.

Some of the notable signings from the past few days include Daniel Theis and Brad Wanamaker staying in Boston, Jeff Green signing another one-year deal, Emmanuel Mudiay going to Utah, backup PG TJ McConnel moving to Indiana, and fan-favorite Boban Marjanovic going to Dallas.

There were several trades that happened during the droll days of Kawhi Watch. All of which involved Memphis. The Suns are ending the Josh Jackson experiment by sending him to the Grizzlies, The Grizzlies parted ways with of-injured forward Chandler Parsons, trading him to Atlanta, and Dwight Howard is heading to Memphis vis trade.

Smaller deals of the past few days include Dorian Finney-Smith, Ryan Arcidiacono and James Ennis returning to their respective teams, Glenn Robinson III going to Golden State, Luke Kornet signing with Chicago, Markieff Morris getting a deal with Detroit, Rodney McGruder signing with the Clippers, and Raul Neto jumping to Philly.

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