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#pounditThursday, August 13, 2020

Paul George asked Thunder for trade after meeting with Kawhi Leonard

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Kawhi Leonard choosing to sign with the LA Clippers in free agency was not a huge surprise, but the massive shocker was Paul George being acquired by the team in a trade. The team’s ability to land George is what made signing Leonard possible.

So just how did that come together? According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard met with George in Los Angeles to recruit him to join him on the Clippers. George complied and approached the Thunder to request a trade. Woj says Oklahoma City did not want to enter a season with a discontent star, so they made the deal.

There are a few takeaways here.

One is that for all the jokes about him being anti-social, Leonard turned out to be a great recruiter. He reportedly tried to get Kevin Durant to join him on the Clippers. When that didn’t work out, he recruited Paul George and made that happen.

Two is that the Thunder are completely retooling and now will have several future draft picks and a few quality players in Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to join Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, and the rest of the Thunder.

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