Report: Kawhi Leonard tried to recruit Kyrie Irving to Clippers - Fri 12 Jul 00:30 GMT

Leonard of course got Paul George, also tried with Kevin Durant

  Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Click to share on Flipboard (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Kawhi Leonard convinced Paul George to request a trade from the Thunder and join him on the Clippers.

  Leonard also tried to pitch Kevin Durant on the Clippers.

  Durant and Irving reportedly decided before last season to play together.

  I wonder whether there was any talk of both Durant and Irving joining Leonard on the Clippers.

  But Irving took less than his fully guaranteed max salary, and the Clippers could have gained spending power by acquiring Durant through a sign-and-trade (like Brooklyn did).

  The Clippers didn’t have a D'Angelo Russell to send the Warriors, but perhaps L.A. could’ve unloaded salary elsewhere and enticed Golden State with a the creation of a huge trade exception.

  Getting even one obviously didn’t happen, but it’s interesting to know how wide Leonard looked for a co-star.