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01:55  12 july  2019
01:55  12 july  2019 Source:

Reports: Kevin Durant talking to Kawhi Leonard about teaming up on Clippers, Knicks

Reports: Kevin Durant talking to Kawhi Leonard about teaming up on Clippers, Knicks LeBron James wants to team up with Kawhi Leonard on the Lakers, forming a three-man superteam with Anthony Davis that could be the best trio the NBA has ever seen. That idea seemed to be gaining momentum. However, he’s not the only superstar talking to Leonard about teaming up. Multiple reports have Kevin Durant and his team in New York talking with Leonard as well about joining forces, either on the Knicks or Clippers. There is this from Shams Charania of The Athletic. Rival executives told The Athletic they believe Durant has considered a possible partnership with Leonard throughout the pre-free agency process so far.

Nick Wright reports : Kawhi Leonard tried to recruit Kyrie Irving and KD to Clippers Before Paul.

Leonard was trying to recruit anybody and everybody. Kawhi Leonard was a busy man this past week as he had to decide which team he would be On Saturday, it was revealed that Kawhi would be going home to play with the Los Angeles Clippers alongside Paul George. Leonard was able to pull

Report: Kawhi Leonard tried to recruit Kyrie Irving to Clippers© Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Kawhi LeonardconvincedPaul George to request a trade from the Thunder and join him on the Clippers. Leonard also tried to pitchKevin Durant on the Clippers.

Another Leonard target: Kyrie Irving.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

He recruited George, Durant and even Kyrie Irving at points, sources say.

Durant and Irving reportedly decided before last season to play together. They reportedly chose the Nets months ago.

So, Leonard was fighting an uphill battle.

I wonder whether there was any talk of both Durant and Irving joining Leonard on the Clippers. Even with an empty roster, L.A. wouldn’t have had enough cap space to give all three max contracts. But Irving took less than his fully guaranteed max salary, and the Clippers could have gained spending power by acquiring Durant through a sign-and-trade (like Brooklyn did). The Clippers didn’t have a D'Angelo Russell to send the Warriors, but perhaps L.A. could’ve unloaded salary elsewhere and enticed Golden State with a the creation of a huge trade exception.

Getting even one obviously didn’t happen, but it’s interesting to know how wide Leonard looked for a co-star. George is a great get.

Kawhi Leonard signs three-year, $103 million max contract with Clippers.
The Los Angeles Clippers have officially inked prized free agent Kawhi Leonard to a three-year, $103 million maximum contract that includes a player option for the third year, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Kawhi Leonard has signed his Los Angeles Clippers contract — a three-year, $103M maximum contract with a player option in the third season, league sources tell @[email protected]— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 10, 2019 Leonard, who just turned 28, could become a free agent heading into his age-30 season if he were so inclined.

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