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Paul George says Kawhi Leonard told him to get his bag

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“I want to know, did you have any conversations with Kawhi before you made the decision to leave the Clippers? When did you have that conversation, and how did it go? PAUL GEORGE: “Yeah, absolutely, absolutely. I owed Kawhi that conversation. I called him up and was just like, ‘Man, listen, you know, I think I’mma go elsewhere.’ Conversations with the Clippers didn’t go how I wanted to. I kind of broke down how I told you guys how it all played out. We had that conversation, and I was like, ‘Man, I got to do what’s best.’ He understood. He was like, ‘I mean, go get your bag. Like, P, go get your bag. I can’t even be mad at you.'”
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Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
DeRozan’s fit in SAC, the Spurs sneaking in the deal, the Bulls…doing something, plus what Paul George’s podcast tells us about the Clippers and Sixers. New Lowe Post w/ @Herring_NBA:
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Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
New Lowe Post podcast: Paul George’s podcast revelations on his departure from LA, DeRozan to SAC, Caleb Martin, most underrated free agency moves — w/ @Herring_NBA. Then @WindhorstESPN previews a stacked Olympics field:
Apple: – 9:25 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New on @SportsCenter: After Philadelphia pulled off its year-long pursuit of a star by landing Paul George in free agency, I sat down with Joel Embiid to talk about the NBA’s newest Big 3, and how Embiid wasn’t always sure things would work out this way over the last year: PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Raptors fans, hypothetically would you have preferred Kawhi Leonard re-signed and Toronto won another championship but Scottie Barnes is never drafted by the Raptors OR thing played out the way they have – 6:03 PM
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Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Paul George picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as MVP favorite for 2024-25 season (via @The_ThunderWire):…3:02 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Paul George wanted to stay but said negotiations started with a “disrespectful” offer of 2 years-$60 million from the Clippers back in October. He said on his podcast he would have stayed for the 3-year, $150-million extension Kawhi got but with a no-trade…2:59 PM
Paul George details ‘disrespectful’ contract negotiations with Clippers, explains why he left for 76ers…2:51 PM
Kawhi just wants to hoop 🙌 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New ESPN story: It wasn’t until a couple of weeks before arriving here in Las Vegas for training camp that Kawhi Leonard was fully back on the court and knew he could participate this summer.…2:15 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Draymond Green believes Clippers ‘killed’ Paul George trade… PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
On his podcast, Paul George calls the Clippers initial offer (two-years, $60 million) “disrespectful.” He says he would have signed exact same deal as Kawhi did midseason. And when LAC finally offered it after the season, he said he’d take it—leaving a four-year offer on the – 12:56 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Paul George details frustrations, decision to leave Clippers for 76ers. George says it was about respect, but also about money and a no-trade clause.…12:49 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Interesting to hear Paul George, on his pod, give his side of negotiations w/ Clippers. He said LA’s 1st offer was 2yrs/$60 mil — “disrespectful.” Then LA went to $45 mil AAV. PG said he would’ve taken Kawhi deal but LA offered too late. He asked for no-trade clause; LA said no. – 12:31 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New ESPN story: While the 76ers pulled off their year-long plan to land a star by getting Paul George, Joel Embiid told ESPN he wasn’t always sure it’d work out.
“I’d be lying to say that patience wasn’t tested.”
Embiid on Philly’s new Big 3 and more:…12:02 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
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Paul George dishes on Clippers, Warriors, Raptors, and 76ers on @PodcastPShow
“I thought I deserved more, especially more than first initial contract. That part you can’t never overlook. Like, ‘That’s really how y’all felt?’”…11:55 AM
Evan Sidery @esidery
Paul George confirmed on @PodcastPShow the Warriors were his preferred destination, but a sign-and-trade agreement fell through:
“It would’ve been dope, man. I was looking forward to it, if it happened.”
Golden State viewed George as their missing piece alongside Stephen Curry. AM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
It’s been more than a week since the start of free agency and the Pelicans still haven’t figured out what the future holds for Brandon Ingram.
Now that Paul George is in Philly and DeRozan in Sacramento, is New Orleans running low on trade options?…10:44 AM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
The Hoop Collective with @WindhorstESPN and (sweating in Vegas) @TimBontemps: Joel Embiid reacts to PG signing, Kawhi Leonard doesn’t, Steph on Klay, LeBron on relationships, DeMar to SAC, Spurs summer…10:21 AM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
My dude ⁦@DanWoikeSports⁩ doing extra work for ⁦@latimessports⁩ with ‘I took the time’: Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard is ready for Paris Olympics…10:57 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Kawhi Leonard said he was initially concerned he might not be able to play for Team USA but he took time and his right knee “was able to turn around over the last two weeks.” More from ⁦@TimBontemps⁩…10:41 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
At USA Basketball training camp, Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard declined to answer a question about Paul George’s exit but later clarified to reporters: “I don’t have a problem with [Paul George] leaving.” – 8:07 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Kawhi Leonard when asked about Paul George’s departure from the Clippers during a smaller media session at Team USA camp: “I’m not talking about that. I’m here to talk about USA Basketball.” – 7:55 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Kawhi Leonard said he was able to get on the court fully 2-3 weeks before Team USA training camp, and that at that point he knew he’d be able to be part of it.
He declined to answer any questions about Paul George leaving the Clippers, saying he wanted to focus on Team USA. – 7:45 PM
Joe Vardon @joevardon
Kevin Durant is out right now for Team USA, but Kawhi Leonard hit four 3s in a successful scrimmage against Cooper Flagg and the Select Team, w/@ShamsCharania…6:10 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
FULL MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Anthony Davis talks about being on Team USA, the Lakers’ moves (and non-moves) this offseason, playing for new head coach JJ Redick and Kawhi Leonard being the funniest player on Team USA. PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
When asked, Anthony Davis and Anthony Edwards agree, Kawhi Leonard is the funniest member of team USA – 5:24 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Anthony Davis said the funniest player on Team USA is Kawhi Leonard. – 5:16 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Breaking: Anthony Davis says Kawhi Leonard is the funniest guy on the Olympic team. “Believe it or not,” AD says. – 5:15 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Kawhi Leonard and Team USA going through a scrimmage at training camp in Las Vegas. PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Media is watching a small snippet of the second day of USA Basketball practice. Kawhi played a couple minutes amid the shifting lineups. PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Another Team USA group: Steph Curry, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, Kawhi Leonard and Joel Embiid PM

Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Stars of the Pacific Division that averaged 20 points per game last season
Kings: Fox, DeRozan (Sabonis 19.4)
Suns: KD, Booker (Beal 18.4)
Lakers: LeBron, AD
Clippers: Kawhi (Harden 16.4)
Warriors: Steph – 10:51 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr said Kawhi Leonard did everything in first day of USA Basketball practice, including controlled scrimmages. Kerr said Jayson Tatum had an excused absence for personal reasons. – 5:35 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
4. Manu Ginobili (San Antonio) 🇦🇷
9. Tony Parker (San Antonio) 🇫🇷
10. Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio) 🇺🇸
A pretty good draft run for the Spurs.
Our all-time ranking 👇…5:31 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard at Team USA practice in Las Vegas. PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Six other players are scheduled to talk after Team USA practice on Monday and Tuesday ahead of the game against Canada on Weds in Vegas.
Monday: Joel Embiid, Tyrese Haliburton, Jayson Tatum
Tuesday: Bam Adebayo, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard – 3:58 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
Kawhi Leonard ready to go in his 🇺🇸 New Balance Kawhi 4! #USABMNT #NBAKicks PM

More on this storyline

PAUL GEORGE: “I thought, you know, and I look at Kawhi as one of my best friends in this league. Somebody that, you know, I f*** with. Our families love each other. So it was tough to leave him. Just with how much I enjoyed being out there with him. That was one of the big decisions, too, that weighed a lot on me. Damn, I’m leaving my boy. Leaving Kawhi. But I had to have that conversation with him. We talked, and he gave me his blessings of, ‘Man, just go do what’s best for you.'” -via YouTube / July 9, 2024
ClutchPoints: “I owed Kawhi [Leonard] that conversation… He understood, he like, ‘Go get your bag. I can’t even be mad at you.’ … It was tough to leave him.” Paul George on letting Kawhi know he was leaving the Clippers for the Sixers 💯 (via @PodcastPShow) -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / July 8, 2024
PAUL GEORGE: “I’ve been to his crib once, though, where he was there, his Toronto crib. Crazy. That house is stupid. Crazy house. I know it’s off subject, but while we’re on the subject of Drake’s house, It was stupid. He got a club in his s***, a club inside the crib. The full court basketball s*** is crazy. He got a big ass indoor pool. He got two studios. His award room was just stacked. So many awards, so many collectibles.” -via YouTube / July 9, 2024


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