When the LA Clippers gave up Blake Griffin and Tobias Harris before 2020, it seemed like they were making a huge mistake. But what their (new at that time) front office was actually doing was creating enough flexibility for LA to land a franchise superstar, one who can lead the team to their first ever championship. Hello there, Kawhi Leonard.

Then 2019 happened and the Clippers had the biggest off season in history. They didn’t just land Kawhi Leonard, who was fresh off winning a championship that year, but also Paul George—a Palmdale native who wanted to come home. It was one of if not the biggest days in Clippers history because they knew their championship window (a sight they don’t see often) was open.

Every single team in the NBA will probably agree that landing a superstar like Leonard is like winning the lottery. Kawhi Leonard choosing the Clippers was extra special as well because he decided to come home to a team that majority believe is the less popular one in Los Angeles. Leonard knows the pressure is going to be on him and the Klaw took the challenge that a lot shy away from.