The Clippers are a title favorite.
The now-Los Angeles Clippers standout landed another star in Paul George, who was convinced by Leonard to demand a trade out of Oklahoma City.
In response, the Los Angeles chain Alfred Coffee is now banning the Clippers duo from all nine locations locations in a tongue-and-cheek move on their social media accounts.
Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors speaks with the media following his teams victory over the Golden State Warriors to winGame Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California.
Mannix's report seems to indicate Durant felt Golden State no longer "checked all the boxes", and it's not hard to lay out possible reasons why.
When the Nets reached out to him, "Durant's decision was never directly tied to Irving's, but the opportunity to play with his close friend certainly appealed to him".
Replacing D'Angelo Russell with Irving might only make Brooklyn marginally better next year, though there's no disputing that Irving is the much better player.
Leonard, who guided the Toronto Raptors to an National Basketball Association title last month, recently agreed to a four-year, $142 million deal with the Clippers after convincing the team to trade for George, who finished third in the MVP voting in 2018-19. Irving signing with the Nets effectively was a foregone conclusion. Unlike the Knicks, the Lakers did add a superstar this offseason, becoming a championship contender in the process. The Lakers also got considerably older, targeting veterans that can help the team win now. Last night, the Anthony Davis trade became official and LeBron welcomed his new running mate with the fresh Lakers #23 jersey that reads "Davis" on the back.