Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports was first to report Kawhi Leonard will sign with the LA Clippers.
The news, which broke and was quickly supported by multiple reports, will have a tremendous effect on the league. Leonard, a 28-year-old forward, is coming off a championship campaign in his only season with the Toronto Raptors, earning his second NBA Finals MVP in the process.
Free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 6, 2019
The Raptors acquired Leonard and Danny Green in a daring gamble, sending franchise icon DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs coming off a season Leonard appeared in only nine games while dealing with a right quadricep injury.
During the regular season, Leonard averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals in 34.0 minutes across 60 games. But he upped his line across the board in a phenomenal postseason run (30.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.9 apg) that included the NBA’s first series-clinching buzzer-beater in a Game 7 when he turned back the Philadelphia 76ers on a breathtaking four-bounce 3-pointer in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Leonard ultimately finished the postseason with 732 points, the third-highest total in the history of the NBA Playoffs, trailing only Michael Jordan (759; 1992) and LeBron James (748; 2018).
Already joining LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to win Finals MVP for multiple teams, Leonard would become the first reigning Finals MVP to play for a different team since the award was first given out in the 1969 Finals. He would also be the third superstar Raptor to leave the team via free agency, following Tracy McGrady (Orlando Magic; 2000) and Chris Bosh (Miami Heat; 2010).
More to come.