Dear NBA Diary (in video form!), With both NBA teams in L.A. making moves this summer, we wondered which team would dominate this upcoming season.
2019 SeasonAll times ET
- 3/1W 116-109
- 3/3W 128-107
- 3/4W 113-105
- 3/8W 118-110
- 3/11W 140-115
- 3/12L 125-104
- 3/15W 128-121
- 3/17W 119-116
- 3/19W 115-109
- 3/22W 110-108
- 3/24W 124-113
- 3/26W 122-111
- 3/28L 128-118
- 3/30W 132-108
- 3/31W 113-96
- 4/3L 135-103
- 4/5L 122-117
- 4/7L 131-104
- 4/10W 143-137
- 4/13L 121-104
- 4/15W 135-131
- 4/18L 132-105
- 4/21L 113-105
- 4/24W 129-121
- 4/26L 129-110
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As Danny Green -- perhaps Kawhi Leonard's closest teammate, having paired with him to win championships in both San Antonio and Toronto -- waited on Leonard's decision last week, he was pretty sure of one thing: Leonard would not be joining the Lakers.
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Kawhi Leonard's three-year deal with the Clippers lines up with that of teammate Paul George, setting up possible free agency for both again in 2021.
Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer
Clippers officially announce Paul George trade sending Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, Clippers' 2022, 2024 and 2026 first-round picks, Miami's 2021 and 2023 first-round picks and right to swap first-round picks in 2023 and 2025 to OKC. "Paul George is one of the greatest two-way players in our game," said Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations. "... When you have the opportunity to acquire a contributor of his caliber, you do what it takes to bring him home... Following the lead of Steve Ballmer, we have plotted an aggressive course to build a championship contender, and acquiring Paul is a critical step."
Russillo on the background of Kawhi ending up in LA with the Clippers, the Paul George trade and Westbrook's future, plus story time from Vegas.
Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer
The Clippers officially announce Kawhi Leonard's "historic" signing with the franchise. "This is a historic moment for our organization and our fans," said Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations. "We are grateful and honored that Kawhi Leonard has decided to come home and join the L.A. Clippers. Kawhi is a peerless two-way player, a relentless worker and a natural fit for the serious, professional culture our group has established. He wins everywhere he goes, and he always has, from King High School to San Diego State to the NBA. Having him on our side is a tremendous privilege and a massive responsibility, one we will take very seriously. His expectation, and ours, is to contend for championships."
This Just In
Kawhi Leonard has chosen a shorter contract with the LA Clippers that lines up with Paul George and sets up the two to be part of the 2021 free-agent class, a source confirmed to ESPN. Leonard signed a three-year, $103.1M deal that includes a player option for the '21-22 season, the source said. The Athletic first reported that Leonard was signing a three-year contract.
The Los Angeles Clippers have signed draft picks and former Florida State teammates Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann.
Bomani makes his triumphant return from vacation to unpack everything that happened in free agency, including Kawhi Leonard having the vision to choose the Clippers and bring Paul George with him (0:41) as well as just how balanced the league is now with stars pairing up (16:40). Plus, the sentiments around the USWNT's World Cup victory (29:41), a fresh IYHH including Bo's thoughts on the "Blue Bell Licker" (45:22) and your best 4th of July weekend cookout stories (58:42).
Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton, Dave McMenamin, Tim Bontemps and Kirk Goldsberry convene at Las Vegas Summer League to discuss what’s next for Russell Westbrook and OKC (1:05), what Kawhi’s movement means for the league’s future (16:05), the Lakers roster (31:10) and initial Zion thoughts (39:25).
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Raptors coach Nick Nurse admitted that he was disappointed that Kawhi Leonard decided to leave for the Clippers, but said, "You can't blame a guy for wanting to go home."