Kawhi Leonard said he was “very close” to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers or Toronto Raptors.
The situation changed for Leonard when they were able to trade for Paul George.
“I was very close. Real close,” Leonard said. “But when (the Clippers) presented the opportunity of playing with Paul (George) it was easy, it was a yes. I said let’s get it going.”
Leonard also spoke of how excited he is to play with George.
“This is probably going to be my first time playing with an elite player on his level around the same age as me,” Leonard said. “Same talent. I’m excited.”