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Paul George reportedly may have with Kawhi Leonard on the same day Leonard with with the Los Angeles Lakers. General manager Rob Pelinka, at his request, on Tuesday after switching the location from El Segundo to a hotel in Westlake Village.
Shelburne noted "it appears" Leonard and George at a nearby location that same day.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers will acquire George from the Oklahoma City Thunder and sign Leonard to a four-year deal worth $ 1
By Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times Leonard, his uncle Dennis Robertson and a Gent Mitch Frankel was present at the meeting, and they requested Pelinka join Buss. Leonard had spoken with Magic Johnson "multiple times" on June 30.
Ganguli noted the two-hour pitch Buss and Pelinka presented to Leonard, who "didn't say much" with Robertson asking questions, including trying to sell him " on the idea that he could win championships with superstar teammates [LeBron] James and [Anthony] Davis. "
Per Wojnarowski, the Clippers" had come to believe "that Leonard would sign with the Lakers if they didn't make a deal for George and send five first-round draft picks (four unprotected), two pick swaps, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari to Oklahoma City.
Leonard had meetings with the Lakers, Clippers and Toronto Raptors before making his decision late Friday night.
The Lakers still have James and Davis build around as they chase their first playoff appearance since 2012-13.
Meanwhile, the Clippers will add Leonard, fresh off winning 2019 NBA Finals MVP, and George, who finished third in 2018-19 NBA MV P voting, as they chase the first title in franchise history.