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NBA rumors: Kawhi Leonard to sign with Clippers, who trade for Paul George

NBA rumors: Kawhi Leonard to sign with Clippers, who trade for Paul George

The Warriors will continue to face the wrath of Kawhi Leonard for years to come. But now, they'll do so as division rivals -- and Leonard has a fellow superstar in tow.

The 2019 NBA Finals MVP reportedly has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. Yahoo's Chris Haynes was first to report the news of the agreement Friday night, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that Leonard will sign a four-year, $142 million maximum contract with LA.

But that's not it for the Clippers. LA also acquired All-Star Paul George from the Thunder for multiple NBA draft picks, Wojnarowski reported Friday night. 

There's officially a new superteam in Los Angeles. Behind closed doors, Leonard reportedly was recruiting George to the Clippers. The former Pacers and Thunder star then requested a trade from Oklahoma City, Wojnarowski reported. 

In return, the Thunder reportedly are receiving a massive haul of draft picks, along with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari from the Clippers. 

Leonard led the Raptors to their first championship less than one month ago in his lone season in Toronto. He dominated the Warriors in the Finals, averaging 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and earned Finals MVP honors. 

Leonard, who just turned 28 years old on June 29, averaged 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in the regular season. He's a two-time Finals MVP, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-Star. 

Adding George to the Leonard signing likely makes the Clippers the favorites to win the NBA title next year, meaning they'll be the Kings of LA over Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Both George and Leonard grew up in Southern California and now can take over the Staples Center. 

George, 29, played like a MVP much of last season. He averaged 28 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game for the Thunder. The two-way threat has made five All-NBA teams, six All-Star teams and has been voted to the All-Defensive team four times. 

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With Kevin Durant moving to the Eastern Conference to join the Nets and Klay Thompson out for multiple months with a torn ACL, teams are trying to take down the Warriors in the West. The Clippers just put all their cards on the table. 

Welcome to the NBA. It never stops.

Warriors' Bob Myers recalls NBA draft dinner with 'shy' Klay Thompson

Warriors' Bob Myers recalls NBA draft dinner with 'shy' Klay Thompson

There's nothing Warriors fans love more than a good Klay Thompson story.

So you should thank president of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers for providing the latest tale.

Either just before or after the Warriors drafted Klay Thompson in 2011, Myers (who was assistant GM at the time), GM Larry Riley and the No. 11 overall pick went out to dinner together.

Let's just say that Klay wasn't very talkative.

"He barely said a word. He barely said anything," Myers told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on the most recent episode of "The TK Show" podcast. "He's looking down at his plate. Couldn't tell if he was shy, insecure, scared. 

"Didn't have any idea if he could play this kind of defense. Thought he was probably competitive. Put up big numbers at Washington State. The truth was, if you were at that dinner -- and you would have not been wrong -- got up and been like, 'This guy is not ready for the NBA.'

"So you have to factor all that in. And you say, 'Well, does it matter that he's been around it and his dad was in it? How do we make sense of all this?'"

Spoiler alert -- it turned out that Klay was ready for the NBA.

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After Golden State traded Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks and inserted him into the starting lineup, Klay averaged 18.6 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals over the final 28 games of his rookie season.

The three-time NBA champion is a five-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection and earned Second-Team All-Defense honors last season.

Solid draft pick.

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Glenn Robinson III explains most disappointing part of 76ers trade

Glenn Robinson III explains most disappointing part of 76ers trade

Glenn Robinson III did not want the Warriors to trade him.

He loved playing for Steve Kerr and the organization, and was having a career year.

But the night before the Feb. 6 deadline, Golden State sent him and Alec Burks to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for three second-round draft picks.

Through six games in Philly, the small forward is averaging 6.0 points and 1.8 rebounds over 14.6 minutes per night, and is 0-for-9 from 3-point range.

In 48 games with the Dubs, Robinson III averaged 12.9 points and 4.7 rebounds over 31.6 minutes per night, while shooting 40 percent from deep.

“Even when (Golden State) played Philly, I showed them what I could do,” Robinson told Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders. "So to play those consistent minutes a night and perform well ...

"That’s the most disappointing part about coming here is that -- both of us (he and Burks) are coming off career years where we’re looking at hopefully big numbers after the season. I know I’ve got a family to feed. So you think about all those things.

"All those things play a role, and then when you come here and your role’s not really explained or you don’t know what’s going on with the trade -- it’s not like it was a trade where you come in and immediately have an impact. It’s a little different, so ...

"This team is full of wings, full of guys who can play. So really, I don’t really understand it. But it’s a business, you’ve got to make it happen and go out and try to do your best every night.”

Wow. Robinson III could not have been more open and transparent.

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Last summer, he signed a one-year minimum contract worth just under $1.9 million with the Warriors. The 26-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent in July, and he's hoping for a big payday.

Does he feel like he did enough with the Dubs to justify a hefty contract?

"I believe in my mind I did," Robinson III told Davies. "For me and my career and just my confidence -- to have that year with Golden State, I always knew that I could do that in the league, so hopefully that stands up no matter what happens the rest of the season or whatever happens here.”

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