FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, looks to pass the ball around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Clippers will be landing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George officially join LA Clippers

July 10, 2019 - 10:58 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are officially members of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, acquiring George for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks.

The Clippers surrendered their first-rounders in 2022, 2024 and 2026, plus sent ones for 2021 and 2023 that were obtained through Miami, to Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City also has the right to swap first-round picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025.

George is a Los Angeles native. Leonard is also a Southern California native and a person with knowledge of the situation says he signed a three-year max contract that could be worth nearly $110 million — although the last year is at his option, meaning he and George could both be free agents in 2021. They both will have options that summer.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Clippers did not release the final terms of Leonard's deal. The Athletic first reported the three-year term and option provision in Leonard's deal.


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