Can Kawhi Leonard & Paul George Win a championship for the L.A. Clippers? ?
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Now reports are The Toronto Raptors had a chance to keep Kawhi and team him up with Paul George and Russell Westbrook in Toronto.
[ESPN] – Had Presti been able to strike a deal for George with the Raptors — and Leonard was willing to stay — George was believed to be willing to join the Raptors too, sources said. Presti pursued a package of Russell Westbrookwith George to the Raptors — with the NBA’s Most Improved Player, forward Pascal Siakam as the centerpiece of a deal — and Ujiri balked, league sources said. Ujiri had delivered Leonard everything that he wanted in a franchise: Leadership and trust, championship talent and a medical partnership that preserved and prepared his body. What Ujiri couldn’t give Leonard was out of his control: Geography, weather, and a chance to return to his Southern California roots.
Ok I get it. The Raptors GM Uijiri loves Pascal Siakam. He’s great and he won most improved player. This is Pascal Siakam:
Is that enough to pass on keeping Kawhi and teaming him up with Paul George and Russell Westbrook? No.
In the end, Toronto didn't have assets to satisfy OKC — with or without Siakam in any proposed deal. The fear of Toronto entering into trade talks with OKC only proved to guarantee the Clippers would go the distance with five first-round picks and SGA in deal for George.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019