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SportAnthony Davis thinks Lakers would have been title favorites if they signed Kawhi Leonard, but he’s excited for rivalry with Clippers

05:15  07 august  2019
05:15  07 august  2019 Source:   sbnation.com

Magic Johnson's love of oversharing reportedly hurt Lakers pursuit of Kawhi Leonard

Magic Johnson's love of oversharing reportedly hurt Lakers pursuit of Kawhi Leonard Magic Johnson's love of oversharing reportedly hurt Lakers pursuit of Kawhi Leonard

Davis admitted that he thinks the Lakers would have been the title favorites if they signed Leonard , but he said he ’ s still looking forward to the season ahead even in spite of missing out on Leonard and is even more excited to take on the Clippers

It’ s now LeBron James and Anthony Davis vs. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the hallway series in Los Angeles. Lakers fans were stunned and The Lakers finished 11 games back of the Clippers last season, landed Anthony Davis , and still lost ground. The Clippers are now legit title contenders

When Anthony Davis made the decision to waive his $4 million trade kicker for the Los Angeles Lakers, he did so with one player in mind: Kawhi Leonard. Had Davis declined to waive his trade bonus, the Lakers would have been limited to just $28 million, or $4.7 million of Leonard’s max.

Anthony Davis thinks Lakers would have been title favorites if they signed Kawhi Leonard, but he’s excited for rivalry with Clippers© Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, the Lakers lost the Leonard sweepstakes even in spite of Davis’ act of generosity and to add insult to injury, they lost to their cross-town rivals, the LA Clippers. In a recent interview on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Davis admitted that he thinks the Lakers would have been the title favorites if they signed Leonard, but he said he’s still looking forward to the season ahead even in spite of missing out on Leonard and is even more excited to take on the Clippers:

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As the Clippers were viewed as the frontrunner, the narrative changed to the Lakers once they traded for Anthony Davis and maintained a max-contract While the Lakers were unable to sign one of the three best players in the league, they have since split up their million cap space for Danny Green

Blake Griffin thinks Kawhi Leonard choosing the Clippers is “good for basketball” … but warns the superstar that L.A. definitely has it’ s ups and downs! Griffin would know … he spent 8 seasons with the L.A. Clippers before being traded to the Detroit Pistons in early 2018. In fact, Blake still spends a

Were you disappointed that Kawhi signed with the Clippers, or are you excited about the challenge of having that inter-city rivalry?

”I’m never disappointed for another man. (He’s) a grown man. Obviously us having him would definitely... you could have marked it up as champions right there, but the Staples Center is going to be a lot of fun this year. Two great teams. Obviously we’ve brought a lot of excitement back to the Lakers organization, where it’s supposed to be, what all the fans are used to. So that’s going to be fun, and every night going into Staples -- especially against the Clippers -- it’s going to be a battle. I’m pretty excited about it... I’m excited to be here.”

It’s hard to argue that a trio of Leonard, Davis and LeBron James wouldn’t have dominated the Western Conference—and eventually the NBA Playoffs—but because of Leonard’s decision to sign with the Clippers, the west is the most balanced it’s been in years. Los Angeles basketball is also the most exciting it has ever been.

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Kawhi Leonard didn't deceive Lakers or Raptors — he just picked Clippers All of the free agency drama made for an entertaining first week of July, but none of it came from Kawhi Leonard or those close to him. The simple truth: Leonard seriously considered all three of the teams on his list, and if the Clippers hadn't pulled off a blockbuster trade for Paul George, he could have easily found himself holding a much different press conference on Wednesday afternoon. "I was very close [to signing with the Lakers or Raptors]. Real close," Leonard told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. "When [the Clippers] presented the opportunity of playing with Paul, it was easy.

In joining the Clippers with George, Leonard knows that he has a co-star who he can trust to perform in the Without making the George trade, the Clippers would have been a sensible destination for Here' s a ridiculous hypothetical: What if Toronto had made a monster offer for Anthony Davis before

The Leonard decision clearly showed he valued playing closer to home rather than making more It was thought that a two-year deal to stay in Toronto would have been a perfect fit because he could The Clippers are now the favorite team in the West, perhaps neck and neck with the Lakers , who

A small price to pay for salvation.

We’ll see who the better Los Angeles team is when the season is over but with four matchups between the two and the potential for more in the postseason, there will be no shortage of opportunities for both the Lakers and Clippers to make their case.

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