Kawhi Leonard, Paul George officially join LA Clippers

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Published 1:58 p.m. ET July 10, 2019 | Updated 2:01 p.m. ET July 10, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are officially members of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, acquiring George for guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and five first-round draft picks.

The Clippers surrendered their first-rounders in 2022, 2024 and 2026, plus sent ones for 2021 and 2023 that were obtained through Miami, to Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City also has the right to swap first-round picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025.

“Ehen you have the opportunity to acquire a contributor of his caliber, you do what it takes to bring him home,” Clippers President Lawrence Frank said.

George is a Los Angeles native. Leonard is also a Southern California native and a person with knowledge of the situation said he signed a three-year max contract that could be worth nearly $110 million — although the last year is at his option, meaning he and George could both be free agents in 2021. They both will have options that summer.

The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because…

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