Ironically enough, it looks like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be teammates after all.
In a huge bombshell in the wee hours this morning, the former Pacers' draftees are both heading to Los Angeles to team up with the Clippers:
George (10th overall) and Kawhi Leonard (15th overall) were selected in back-to-back years by the Pacers in the first round of the NBA Draft, but obviously never played together. Reports are that while Leonard favored going to the Clippers, he didn't want to sign on the dotted line until they brought him a running mate. George, who is coming off a career year where he finished 3rd in the MVP voting, is that co-star but he comes at a price:
As it turns out, George demanded the trade. He was only one year into his contract extension, but now he gets to go where he's always wanted - home in Los Angeles - and co-star to a better superstar in Leonard over Russell Westbrook.
These moves are the cherry on top of the sundae that is the most intriguing offseason in NBA history. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz, Warriors, Raptors, Nets, Sixers, Celtics, Pacers, and Thunder all either made huge deals and/or completely re-shaped their rosters via injuries, trade, and free agency. This should lead to one of the most wide open NBA seasons in recent memory.