Kawhi Leonard never wanted to play on superteam with LeBron

Arnold Nichols
July 10, 2019

The league is seemingly wide open with at least 10 teams viewed as legitimate contenders to win the 2020 NBA Finals.

After the Los Angeles Clippers made one of the most shocking power moves in sports history by acquiring superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in short order, a local coffee chain apparently wasn't happy with the previous dormant Clippers franchise possibly turning the tables on their former big brothers in purple and gold.

The battle of Los Angeles is going to be epic in 2019-20.

Winners of 16 NBA Titles, the Lakers are easily more popular in Southern California than the Clippers.

In the meantime, the spotlight will be firmly aimed at Hollywood when the NBA's 2019-2020 season tips off on October 22.

By adding arguably the league's best player and the player that finished third in regular-season MVP voting, the Clippers should compete for championships for the next several years. Durant is out with an Achilles injury next year but when he comes back, the Nets will be contenders to win an National Basketball Association championship.

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images " Durant's decision took longer.

Mannix's report seems to indicate Durant felt Golden State no longer "checked all the boxes", and it's not hard to lay out possible reasons why.

Durant ended up signing in Brooklyn, as did Kyrie Irving.

The Lakers could use more depth, but with Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma also on the roster, James and Davis have a real shot to lead L.A. back to the finals.

Overall, the Lakers did a nice job pivoting from the disappointment of missing on Leonard, now the question becomes what they can do as a team to maximize the talent they have accumulated.

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