Kawhi Leonard

Los Angeles Clippers Lawrence Frank wins Executive of the Year, Tim Connelly places ninth

The two stars were considered a package deal, and in order to ensure Leonard would sign with the Clippers, the team traded a bounty of assets to the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire George .

The Clippers were in position to make this deal after smart front office moves to bring in assets following the trades of Blake Griffin , Chris Paul , and Tobias Harris that netted the Clippers Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell , Patrick Beverley , Ivica Zubac , Landry Shamet , and multiple first round picks.

In the first year of their contention window, the Clippers looked to be a juggernaut at various stages of the season, but after entering the bubble, cracks began to show in the construction of the team.

Without an answer for the Denver Nuggets duo of Nikola Jokić and Jamal Murray , the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead and lost in the second round, well short of their title hopes.

They found their superstar early in Jokić, slowly built themselves into a championship contender with the accrual of talent that fit well together, and saw Murray grow into an All-Star caliber player in the bubble.

Second, the Nuggets traded a 2020 first round pick for Thunder forward Jerami Grant who spent the entire playoff series harassing Leonard and George defensively.

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