Find Out how Drake’s house became instrumental in PG and Kawhi’s Clippers team-up
Who would have thought that famous rapper Drake played a part in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George’s pairing in Los Angeles Clippers?
ESPN’s senior reporter Ramona Shelburne had a chance to talk to George regarding his move back to Los Angeles, and how everything started between him and Leonard.
“IT STARTED INNOCENTLY enough, with George calling Leonard — whom he’d known since their high school days in Southern California — a few days after the Raptors won the championship,” Shelburne wrote according to George’s testimony.
What’s even more surprising is that Drake, who is a massive Toronto Raptors fan, allowed the two LA-native stars to use his house in California to talk about their plans in teaming up with Clippers, not just once but twice.
“There were countless text messages and phone calls and then two in-person meetings at Drake’s house in Hidden Hills, California. (Drake had befriended Leonard during his season in Toronto and let Leonard — who lives in San Diego — stay there when he was in Los Angeles for free-agent meetings.) By July 1, they had decided to put their plan in motion: Leonard told the Clippers that he was interested in playing for them but only if they could improve their roster by adding an All-Star-caliber player like George.”
Leonard was a free agent who just won a championship with the Raptors, while George recently signed a max-deal with the OKC Thunder last year.
However, George wanted to come home not because of the idea that he will be teaming up with Leonard, but because he will be playing closer to his family and relatives.
Meanwhile, it was previously revealed that Leonard will only sign with the Clippers if they could get George via trade, which obvioulsy happened in exchange of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and five first-round picks.
Still, it’s amazing how Drake was involved in one of the most surprising free agency moves in NBA history.