A couple of weeks ago Doc Rivers went on the Rich Eisen show and shed some interesting stories about how everything went down in the Kawhi Leonard free agency sweepstakes. And now there is an awesome LA Times story about how the whole process opened up for The Clippers and details on how it went down:
“We actually had a list of guys, which was a mistake, but we got lucky,” Rivers said. “We shouldn’t have had a list, because then he got to choose who he wanted to play with and the assumption was that we could get them. We didn’t know if we could get anybody. We just showed him guys that we thought would match him and when he saw Paul George’s name he said, ‘I want to play with him.’
“We showed him everybody else and he didn’t want to hear it. He just stayed on Paul George, so after the meeting we sat down and I said, ‘We got to get Paul George. I don’t know how we are going to do it, but we have to do it.’
So Kawhi was hell bent on Paul George and The Clippers went and got Paul George. Then Doc also said this:
I actually told Steve jokingly that if that happens, we’re moving the team to Seattle. It was a joke, but I was actually serious about it. I really believed that.
There you have it! If they couldn’t get Paul George to LA the team was coming To Seattle. So it’s all Kawhi’s fault now. Obviously, I think everyone is kidding here but once again why does Seattle not have a team? Makes zero sense.