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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George Team Up With the Clippers

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We finally know what took Kawhi Leonard so long to make his decision.

While we all thought he was weighing out the option of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers or the Toronto Raptors, what he was really waiting on was a blockbuster trade.

Jerry West pulled the biggest rabbit out of his hat late Friday night, as he turned all the draft capital he has been stockpiling into Paul George, and in exchange, the top free agent on the market.

Leonard’s plan all along was to team up with George and the Clippers, so he implored PG13 to demand a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After it was long assumed that George would be heading to L.A. in free agency last year, he refused meeting with any other teams, signing on to play alongside Russell Westbrook long-term.

Well now Westbrook has been left twice by an MVP-caliber teammate, after George decided that he wanted to be in his hometown after all.

While Westbrook no longer has an All-Star to run with, the Thunder still got a massive package back in return.

For their roster next year, the Thunder get promising young point guard Shay Gilgeous-Alexander and veteran Danilo Gallinari.

Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 13.7 points and 3.2 assists in the playoffs this year, showing that he has a bright future in the NBA. The Thunder also get five first-round draft picks, giving them plenty of assets to build around Westbrook in the future.

Coming into this offseason, the Clippers were always seen as the front-runners to get Kawhi and another max player, but no one had that player being Paul George.

Once they had the deal to acquire George, Leonard promptly signed a four-year, $142 million max contract with the Clippers.

This offseason the two biggest markets in the NBA, L.A. and New York, landed all of the top superstar free agents. The crazy part is that they went to the teams that have always been perceived as secondary in their market.

At least the Lakers are left with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as opposed to the roster that will be playing in Madison Square Garden.

One thing is clear after this blockbuster move tonight. The Staples Center is going to feature the best show in the sport next year, as this could be the start of one of the greatest crosstown rivalries in the history of sports.

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Lavar Declares Lonzo, LaMelo won’t leave BBB

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For the Big Baller Brand, it’s all about family.

However, after the Ball family’s company had been hit with fraud, scandals, and faulty products, New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball and top 2020 NBA Draft prospect LaMelo Ball are considering starting fresh with new endorsement deals.

But according to their father Lavar Ball, his two sons aren’t going anywhere.

In his TMZ interview, the CEO of Big Baller Brand stated, “Lonzo can think all day. He ain’t signing with nobody but Big Baller Brand.”

Recently, Lonzo openly stated he is interested in signing endorsement deals with other brands. Lonzo has also encouraged his brother LaMelo to take meetings with other shoe brands before signing a shoe deal.

Lonzo has appeared to be at odds with Lavar all offseason. After Big Baller Brand Co-Founder Alan Foster allegedly stole $1.5 million from the company, Lonzo became wary of the company’s value. In response, Lavar claimed Lonzo is “damaged goods” on their hit reality TV show Ball in the Family.

Lonzo has also gone on record to bash the quality of BBB’s products, claiming he “had to switch [his shoes] every quarter because they would just rip.”

Lavar also said LaMelo would stay with the brand as well, even though he has not worn any BBB shoes while playing in the NBL in Australia. Nike has reportedly scouted LaMelo for a potential endorsement deal with the Oregon-based company.

With the Big Baller Brand facing so much turmoil, Lavar’s fatherly commands may not be enough to keep his sons with the family brand.

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NBA Season Preview and Power Rankings

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We are only one week away from getting our first taste of action for the 2019-20 NBA regular season.

Next Tuesday night, the Toronto Raptors will raise their first championship banner to the rafters and give out their championship rings.

The defending champs will then kick off the season for the NBA against the up-and-coming New Orleans Pelicans, in a precursor to the game we have all been waiting to watch.

After the Raptors game, all eyes will be glued to the battle of Los Angeles, when the Clippers square off against the Lakers for the first time this season.

That game has great significance now that it will pit two of the league’s most dynamic duos against one another, as LeBron James and Anthony Davis face Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

LeBron was the only player of the four superstars that was in L.A. last season, as the NBA landscape has changed significantly since a year ago.

With all of the player movement that took place in free agency, the NBA is more wide open than it has been in a long time.

There aren’t many teams that are coming into this season expecting to miss the playoffs and plenty of them actually feel like they have a legitimate chance to make a deep playoff run towards a championship.

As we all anxiously await the first tip, take a look at the first power rankings of the 2019-20 season.

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The Washington Mystics Win First WNBA Championship in Thrilling Fashion

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What a difference a year makes for the Washington Mystics.

After being swept in last year’s WNBA Finals by the Seattle Storm, the Mystics came back this season with a vengeance.

Lead by league MVP Elena Della Donne, the Mystics secured the best regular-season record in the WNBA and battled in a grueling Finals series against the Connecticut Sun, winning the series 3-2.

With Della Donne battling several injuries (including three herniated discs in her back), it was Emma Meesseman that delivered with 22 points in the winner-take-all Game 5.


Messeman became the first European-born WNBA Finals MVP, while Della Donne added 21 points. Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones fought hard to the very end, leading the runner-ups with 25 points.

This championship was a long time coming for Mystic’s Head Coach Mike Thibault. The winningest coach in WNBA history finally secured his first title after 17 seasons.

Washington Wizards players John Wall, Bradley Beal, Ian Mahinmi and CJ Miles were in attendance to cheer on the Mystics.

With the tenacity these women have shown throughout the season, it’s no surprised Della Done is looking forward to some much-deserved rest.

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