NBA Twitter had a field day with the news that the Los Angeles Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard and made a jaw-dropping trade for Paul George.
What a wild weekend in the NBA. In the dead of night, news broke that Kawhi Leonard was signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. However, the real bombshell dropped minutes later when we learned that the Clippers had orchestrated a trade for Paul George.
It was a bad night for a lot of people on Twitter for some people who tout “sources” and it was a great night for fans who feared a Los Angeles Lakers superteam with Leonard, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James.
In the end, no one saw this coming and one of the most memorable summers in NBA history could be defined by this move.
Even though the news dropped in the middle of the night, players took to social media to react to this ground-breaking revelation.
Now that’s what I’m talking about!!!The NBA man!!!!!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 6, 2019
This is the quietest heist I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!! ????
— ? Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 6, 2019
What it do babyyyyyy
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) July 6, 2019
I love it!!! Happy For @LAClippers and @DocRivers for pulling this one off and kept it quiet the whole time! Wtf happen in OKC? That’s the real question!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 6, 2019
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 6, 2019
Hahahaha naw bro what lol
— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) July 6, 2019
Give kawhi his statue, Toronto
— Evan Turner (@thekidet) July 6, 2019
That wasn’t an earthquake it was Woj pic.twitter.com/6AdNOVMoYR
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) July 6, 2019
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) July 6, 2019
George and a few of his teammates were understandably happy about the move. The Clippers are now one of the top dogs in the Western Conference and a legitimate contender for a championship.
Also, Pat Beverley really doesn’t want anyone to talk to him.
Paul George, Patrick Beverley and Lou Will celebrating the news. ?? (via @austinmcbroom, @patbev21) pic.twitter.com/MPpTRocDth
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) July 6, 2019
Don’t talk to me
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) July 6, 2019
Even one of George’s teammates in Oklahoma City, Patrick Patterson, was surprised when the deal went down.
Wow. It actually happened. Haha
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) July 6, 2019
In fact, this begs the question: Where does Oklahoma City go from here? Is trading Russell Westbrook next on the to-do list for Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
If so, the Knicks should avoid joining the fray. However, it’s not completely clear that the Thunder are going to deal Westbrook. It would make sense for them to seek a trade, but his massive contract will make it difficult to find a deal this summer.
On a day where there was an earthquake massive enough to shut down Las Vegas Summer League for the night, it has already been overshadowed by the tectonic plates that just shifted in STAPLES Center.