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Lakers Reportedly Feel They Were 'Played' by Kawhi Leonard in Free Agency

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates his teams win 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 Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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For as much as we think of Kawhi Leonard as a mute basketball automaton, he revealed himself to be quite the cunning puppet master in this NBA offseason, pulling the right NBA free agent strings in order to facilitate a move to the Los Angeles Clippers, while forcing the team to add a superstar in Paul George.

Despite rumblings linking Board Man and the Los Angeles Lakers dominating Twitter for at least a week, Leonard chose the other team in the Staples Center, leading the Lakers to feel as if Kawhi "played" with them, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Windhorst also claims that Dennis Robertson, Kawhi's uncle and advisor, asked the Toronto Raptors for some outrageous demands before signing with the Clippers.

Essentially, Kawhi knew he wasn't signing with the Lakers, waiting until all the other big free agents signed, than went to the Clippers to handicap the Lakers. Pretty devious from a guy who seems like the most low-key person on the planet.

Up until the Clippers pulled him in, we though of Kawhi as the most unusually quiet star in sports with a goofy laugh. Now, he's a cold, calculating mafia boss trying to engineer himself a third championship ring in his hometown.