Kawhi Leonard also tried to recruit Kyrie Irving to play with him

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Multiple U.S outlets are reporting that the superstar has chosen the Los Angeles Clippers - agreeing to a max four-year, $142-million deal - leaving the Raptors to defend its NBA Championship without him. In fact, Om said he's already ordered a Clippers jersey with Leonard's name on the back. The coffee shops social media has since taken down all messages related to the post.

And the Lakers will resign three players on last year's roster, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

George averaged 28 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game with the Thunder last season. Ultimately, the desire to play in Los Angeles alongside Paul George was too strong to pass up. "I'm just blessed to be able to make his dream a reality".

"Obviously he's one of the greatest players in the world and talent in this league is hard to come by at that level", Nurse said in an interview on ESPN during the Raptors' Summer League game against the Golden State Warriors.

"LA, here I come", Green said.

What will Leonard do in his first season with the Clippers? He worked as a starter for Memphis in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

However, they were unable to seal a deal with the NBA Finals MVP and will instead look to improve on LeBron James' disappointing first season by forming a truly formidable duo with Davis.

As the acceptance begins to settle in, fans are turning their attention to all that Leonard brought to the Raptors in his short time in Toronto.

Simply, Toronto didn't have the depth of picks it needed to get a deal done - nor the certainty that getting George would make Leonard stay with the Raptors...

The three will join forces with LeBron James on a Lakers team that will barely resemble last season's squad, who failed to meet expectations in the three-time National Basketball Association champion's first season in the purple and gold.

That sentiment was echoed by Manuel Lutz, who would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night to watch the Raptors play from his home in southern Germany.

In one campaign north of the border, Leonard was the Raptors' standout performer, helping the franchise secure its first Larry O'Brien Trophy and winning his second Finals MVP.

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