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Clippers Sign Kawhi Leonard and Trade for Paul George in Stunning Turn of Events

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates his teams win victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game Six to win the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Who saw this coming at 3 a.m. during the July 4 holiday weekend? The Los Angeles Clippers and Steve Ballmer were hard at work while the rest of America was partying.

In what's probably the most bold set of moves during NBA free agency, the Clippers reportedly made a blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Paul George and then went right ahead and signed Kawhi Leonard to a max contract.

Sorry, Lakers fans.

We always knew the Clippers were a top suitor for Kawhi, but apparently he wanted PG with him and managed to make that happen before officially making his decision.

The record-setting accumulation of picks is quite the haul for OKC, however, and it helps them shed even more salary in their effort to get below the luxury tax threshold.

The Thunder will also be getting Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the deal.

Kawhi apparently spoke to George and "pushed" him to find a way to get to the Clippers. All it took was for PG to request a trade and the Thunder made it happen. What choice did they really have?

Now, the Clippers leap into the NBA Finals favorites category with their roster featuring two of the biggest stars in the game today.

NBA free agency has been turned on its head and we can only expect more moves to come out of the most surprising turn of events of the offseason to date.