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.
The Lakers are still salty about Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers https://t.co/0zyzCizVov— BroBible (@BroBible) July 19, 2019
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.