Kawhi Leonard and Paul George made their move to the Los Angeles Clippers on July 10 (July 11, Philippine time) with the NBA squad announcing Leonard’s signing and George’s trade agreement with Oklahoma City.
The Clippers did not reveal details of Leonard’s agreement, but ESPN and The Athletic website said Leonard’s agreement was for 3 years and not 4 as initially believed when the choices were presented last week.
The reported three-year agreement worth $103.1 million, rather than a four-year contract for $142 million, and George’s 2018 agreement for four years at $136.9 million offer each player an opt-out clause ahead of the 2021-2022 season, according to unnamed sources in the news.
After a trade from San Antonio, Leonard, who is from Los Angeles, left the Toronto Raptors after guiding them to the NBA title in his one season with the Canadian club.
They are grateful and honored that Kawhi Leonard has decided to come back and join the L.A. Clippers. Kawhi is a peerless two-way player, a constant employee, and a natural fit for our group’s severe, professional culture.
They stated that having him on their side is a tremendous privilege and a massive responsibility, one we will take very seriously. His expectation, and theirs, is to contend for championships.