What led the Thunder to having the idea of Russ shopped in the first place was a thunderous (no pun intended) deal that involved the Los Angeles Clippers landing superstar forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in one pivotal morning, on July 6.
Kawhi Leonard is coming home, and he's bringing fellow hometown star Paul George with him.
During his one-year tenure in Toronto, Leonard turned into an immediate fan favorite and helped the franchise win its first-ever National Basketball Association championship. But there are suggestions being raised as to whether the Thunder - with so many future picks now in the bag from trading George to the Clippers - will seek to overhaul their roster and free up some space by moving on one of the league's biggest earners.
Now his indecisiveness could push back the Los Angeles Lakers' acquisition of All-Star Anthony Davis, if only briefly. "We haven't had too many of those in recent times and it is going to get us into a positive wavelength where we are going to have more".
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It was the first semifinal in the tournament's history to go into extra time, CNN reported. Half of the USA's starting back line that day isn't with the team in France now.
Leonard ended almost six days of frantic nailbiting by fans and massive speculation around the league when he finally made a decision to sign with L.A., doing so only after the Clippers swung their deal to land George.
Leonard's sister, Miesha Slayton, posted several images on Instagram showing her brother in a Clippers jersey. They'd be a great complement to each other, Leonard told Durant.
If DeRozan and Poeltl take steps forward in year two with the Spurs and Keldon Johnson becomes a key contributor during his career, San Antonio will come out of this trade looking much better than most people thought a year ago.
Get Cavs Insider texts in your phone from Chris Fedor: Cut through the clutter of social media and communicate directly with Fedor about the Cavs - just like you would with your friends. But that wasn't enough to make Leonard stay in Canada for the long haul.
Butler averaged 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and four assists last season while splitting time with the Minnesota Timberwolves and 76ers.