Breaking News
Ad-Free Version. Upgrade your experience. Save up to 40% More details

NBA notebook: Leonard, George officially join Clipper

Sports & GeneralJul 10, 2019 08:32PM ET
Saved. See Saved Items.
This article has already been saved in your Saved Items
NBA notebook: Leonard, George officially join Clipper

The Los Angeles Clippers signed free agent forward Kawhi Leonard to a three-year, $103 million maximum contract and officially completed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George.

President of basketball operations Lawrence Frank announced the moves Tuesday but did not disclose terms of the deal, which have been reported by multiple outlets. It was originally reported that Leonard would receive a four-year, $142 million maximum contract.

Leonard's deal is actually for two years guaranteed with a third-year player option, according to multiple reports. That would allow Leonard, a 28-year-old Southern (NYSE:SO) California native, to opt out and become a free agent again in 2021, when he will have 10 accrued seasons and be eligible for the largest possible extension.

George, who the Clippers traded for to pair with Leonard, also has two years guaranteed and a player option remaining on his deal.

--Kevin Durant's four-year, $164 million contact with the Brooklyn Nets includes a player option for the final year, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reported that the Nets' other big free agent acquisition, point guard Kyrie Irving, also has a final-year player option on his four-year deal worth $142 million.

Durant can opt out of his deal after the 2021-22 season, which could give the Nets just two healthy seasons from the 10-time All-Star. He is expected to miss the 2019-20 season with a ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

--The Golden State Warriors officially released point guard Shaun Livingston after he spent five years with the team.

"We thank Shaun for his immense contributions, wish him well in his next chapter and look forward to honoring him at some point in the future," Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob said in a statement.

Livingston, 33, considered retirement earlier in the offseason but now intends to play a 16th NBA season.

--Veteran big man Mike Muscala kept his commitment to the Oklahoma City Thunder, signing his new contract with the team. Terms of the deal were not announced.

Muscala had been given the option of backing out of his agreement after the Thunder agreed to trade George to the Clippers. Alec Burks, who had also agreed to terms with the Thunder, was given the same option and decided to sign with the Warriors instead.

Muscala, 28, has averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game over 307 games. He split last season between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds.

--The Boston Celtics waived forward Guerschon Yabusele.

Boston selected Yabusele, a native of France, with the No. 16 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He played the next season overseas before coming over to play for the Celtics, but he has failed to make an impact.

In two seasons in Boston, Yabusele played in 74 games (five starts), averaging 2.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 6.6 minutes per game. He shot 44.2 percent from the field and 32.3 percent (21 of 65) from beyond the arc.

--Field Level Media

NBA notebook: Leonard, George officially join Clipper

Related Articles

Add a Comment

Comment Guidelines

We encourage you to use comments to engage with users, share your perspective and ask questions of authors and each other. However, in order to maintain the high level of discourse we’ve all come to value and expect, please keep the following criteria in mind: 

  • Enrich the conversation
  • Stay focused and on track. Only post material that’s relevant to the topic being discussed.
  • Be respectful. Even negative opinions can be framed positively and diplomatically.
  •  Use standard writing style. Include punctuation and upper and lower cases.
  • NOTE: Spam and/or promotional messages and links within a comment will be removed
  • Avoid profanity, slander or personal attacks directed at an author or another user.
  • Don’t Monopolize the Conversation. We appreciate passion and conviction, but we also believe strongly in giving everyone a chance to air their thoughts. Therefore, in addition to civil interaction, we expect commenters to offer their opinions succinctly and thoughtfully, but not so repeatedly that others are annoyed or offended. If we receive complaints about individuals who take over a thread or forum, we reserve the right to ban them from the site, without recourse.
  • Only English comments will be allowed.

Perpetrators of spam or abuse will be deleted from the site and prohibited from future registration at’s discretion.

Write your thoughts here
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
Post also to:
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Thanks for your comment. Please note that all comments are pending until approved by our moderators. It may therefore take some time before it appears on our website.
Are you sure you want to delete this chart?
Replace the attached chart with a new chart ?
Your ability to comment is currently suspended due to negative user reports. Your status will be reviewed by our moderators.
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Add Chart to Comment
Confirm Block

Are you sure you want to block %USER_NAME%?

By doing so, you and %USER_NAME% will not be able to see any of each other's's posts.

%USER_NAME% was successfully added to your Block List

Since you’ve just unblocked this person, you must wait 48 hours before renewing the block.

Report this comment

I feel that this comment is:

Comment flagged

Thank You!

Your report has been sent to our moderators for review
Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Continue with Google
Sign up with Email