A look at some of the biggest free-agent signings in Los Angeles sports history:
Kawhi Leonard. A two-time NBA Finals MVP who led the Toronto Raptors to their first championship last season. The three-time All-Star and All-NBA forward has twice been the NBA’s defensive player of the year. He’ll be joined next season by All-Star forward Paul George, who the Clippers will acquire in a trade.
LeBron James (agreed to sign four-year, $154-million contract for 2018-2019 season). Played with the Cleveland Cavaliers the last four seasons and is a four-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP and 14-time NBA All-Star.
Jamaal Wilkes (signed before 1977 season): Spent eight seasons with the team, member of three Lakers championship teams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame and had his number retired by the team in 2012.
Rick Fox (one year, $1 million in 1997): Spent seven seasons with the team and was a key part of three title teams.
Shaquille O’Neal (seven years, $121 million in 1996): There’s a statue of him outside Staples Center, so yes, he was a pretty big signing. Helped win three more titles.
Kawhi Leonard rose to stardom at Martin Luther King High in Riverside.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Riverside King’s Kawhi Leonard is fouled by Taft’s Bryce Smith a Southern California Regional semifinal playoff game on March 6, 2008.(Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
SanDiego State forward Kawhi Leonard reacts after he was mistakenly called for a foul during a game against UNLV Rebels on Feb. 12, 2011 in Las Vegas,.(Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State Aztecs takes off on a fast berak during a game against Temple during an NCAA tournament game on March 19, 2011, in Tucson.(Harry How / Getty Images)
San Diego State’s Kawhi Leonard grabs a rebound from UConn’s Roscoe Smith during an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 game at Honda Center on March 24, 2011.(Chuck Liddy / TNS)
San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard tries to keep possession of hte ball against UConn defenders during an NCAA West Regional semifinal at Honda Center.on March 24, 2011.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kawhi Leonard poses with NBA Commissioner David Stern at the 2011 NBA draft in Newark, N.J. Leonard was drafted 15th by the Indiana Pacers and was then traded to San Antonio.(Associated Press)
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich talks to Kawhi Leonard during a game in 2017.(Brandon Dill / Associated Press)
Kawhi Leonard receives his second trophy as the NBA’s defensive player of the year in 2017.(Associated Press)
Cavaliers forward LeBron James tries to drive past Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during a game on Jan. 21, 2017.(Tony Dejak / Associated Press)
Clippers point guard Chris Paul calls for a timeout as Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard tries to steal the ball from af allen Blake Griffin.(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard only played nine games during the 2017-18 season.(Eric Gay / Associated Press)
Kawhi Leonard takes a phone call during one of his first practices with the Raptors on Sept. 26, 2018, in Burnaby, Canada.(Jonathan Hayward / Canadian Press)
Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives against Warriors forward Andre Iguodala during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 10, 2019.(Frank Gunn / Canadian Press)
Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is fouled by Warriors guard Klay Thompson during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on June 7, 2019, in Oakland.(Frank Gunn / Canadian Press)
Kawhi Leonard celebrates after the Raptors won the NBA title with a victory over Golden State in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019, in Oakland.(Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)
Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy as he poses with his uncle Dennis Robertson and his mother Kim Robertson.(Frank Gunn / Associated Press)
Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard takes a selfie while holding his Finals MVP trophy during the team’s victory parade on June 17, 2019.(Frank Gunn / Canadian Press)
Gary Payton (one year, $4.9 million in 2003): He helped the Lakers to the NBA Finals in his only season with the team.
Karl Malone (one year, $1.5 million in 2003): Looking for his first NBA title, Malone joined Payton, O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in L.A., but they couldn’t get past Detroit in the Finals after Malone was injured.
Kirk Gibson (three years, $4.5 million in 1988): Led the Dodgers to the World Series title in his first season with the team.
Darryl Strawberry (five years, $20.25 million in 1991): Had a solid first season, then injuries and drug problems led to him playing only 75 more games with the Dodgers.
Hideo Nomo (minor league deal in 1995): Won Rookie of the Year in 1995, the year “Nomomania” was born.
Kevin Brown (seven years, $105 million in 1999): Had some good-to-outstanding seasons with the team before wearing out his welcome and being traded to the Yankees for Jeff Weaver and Yhency Brazoban in 2003.
Joe Namath (signed in 1977): Team hoped quarterback could bring his “Broadway Joe” magic to Los Angeles, but his knees were wrecked and he lost his job to Pat Haden after four games.
Reggie Jackson (five years, $5 million in 1982): “Mr. October” came to Anaheim and helped win two division titles, but he couldn’t get the Angels into the World Series.
Mo Vaughn (six years, $80 million in 1999): Got injured in his first game and seemed generally cursed with the team. Was traded to the Mets after missing the 2001 season because of injuries.
Vladimir Guerrero (five years, $70 million in 2004): Was AL MVP in his first season and will be the first person to go into the Hall of Fame wearing an Angels cap when he is inducted this summer.
Albert Pujols (10 years, $254 million in 2011): Hasn’t played up to the MVP levels he did as a Cardinal but has reached several major milestones since coming to Anaheim.
Scott Niedermayer (four years, $6.75 million in 2005): He took less money than others were offering to come to Anaheim, win a title and play with his brother. In his second season, the Ducks won the Stanley Cup.
David Beckham (five years, $32.5 million in 2007): Injuries ruined his first couple of seasons and fans started booing him, but he turned that around and helped the team win two MLS titles.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (two years, $3 million in 2018): The Swedish star has brought highlight-reel scoring back to L.A., with nine goals in 12 matches, but hasn’t made the team a winner yet.