It was apparently a three-team race for Kawhi Leonard in the days leading up to his final decision this summer. The Lakers, Raptors, and Clippers began a brutal and hard-fought war for the services of the 2x Finals MVP that lasted almost a week before the Clips were finally declared winners by Leonard and his camp.
But how, exactly, did the process go down? How did the Clippers secure Kawhi?
The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick recently shed some more light on the circumstances behind Kawhi’s arrival in Los Angeles.
The Clippers pitched Leonard on multiple points, including the way the franchise had conducted its business over the past two years; Ballmer’s competitiveness and willingness to spend any amount necessary to win; Rivers’ coaching; the humble nature of the organization’s power players; their player services and player-centric environment; the benefit of being understated in Los Angeles; the front office’s shrewd decision-making and long-term plan; and the new arena the team plans to have built in Inglewood.