The Clippers changed the NBA landscape for seasons to come late Friday night with not one, but two epic moves.
First, they landed the biggest free agent on the market by far when when two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard chose to leave the Toronto Raptors, the team he led to a championship last month, and come to L.A. — but not to join superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis with the Lakers, as many expected.
Instead, Leonard will be half of a super duo down the hall at Staples Center, after the Clippers acquired six-time All-Star Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
George was pretty psyched, to say the least, when he heard about the trade that would send him back near his childhood home of Palmdale.
Beverley and teammate Montezl Harrell took to social media to give credit to legendary NBA executive Jerry West, who joined the Clippers front office as a consultant in June 2017.
Mr.Logo, Mr.Jerry West you different in that office— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) July 6, 2019
George’s only social media post on the matter so far was a tweet that indicated he had no bad feelings toward former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook.
Oklahoma City’s Patrick Peterson was somehow able to laugh about losing a teammate who was third in league MVP voting last season.
Wow. It actually happened. Haha— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) July 6, 2019
Gotta love those nba analyst and insiders that think they know everything right? Haha. 99% sure.. right!!!— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) July 6, 2019
Jamal Crawford, who spent five seasons with the Clippers, called his former team’s surprise moves “the quietest heist I’ve ever seen.”
This is the quietest heist I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!! 😨😳😐😬— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 6, 2019
Many others from around the NBA also posted their reactions on social media. Let’s just say everybody’s minds were pretty much blown.
PG and Kawhi to the Clippers OMG🤯— Kev (@KevKnox) July 6, 2019
Now that’s what I’m talking about!!!The NBA man!!!!!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 6, 2019
Wait whatttttt. This night just got even more crazy (wasn’t sure that was possible) PG and Kawhi to the Clips!? Wow.— Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard11) July 6, 2019
I've said it before but if you woke up from a 25 year coma and found out the Raptors, Cavs and Warriors have chips and the Bucks, Clippers and Nets are all contenders they would have to revive you again— Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) July 6, 2019
Gawd damn!!— andre (@andre) July 6, 2019
No one saw PG asking for a TRADE!!! Or OKC getting record number of picks!! Wow!!!!— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) July 6, 2019
Hey, good point. Wonder how the biggest Clippers fan in the universe is taking the news.
Spoiler alert: He’s losing his mind.