The Los Angeles Clippers season came to a conclusion Wednesday night when the Phoenix Suns eliminated them from the playoff dispute.
This marks the second time in years that the highly ballyhooed combination of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George has gone short. Last time it happened, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer he tried to replace all the players and shoot all the coaches.
The biggest question surrounding LA this offseason is what will happen to Leonard. The 30-year-old has a player option worth $ 36,016 million for next season.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Dallas Mavericks are quietly emerging as a very serious threat to steal Leonard from the Clippers.
“The Mavericks and Heat plan to make a hard push to acquire Leonard,” he wrote. “The Knicks will also pursue any superstar who becomes available, and a long list of other contenders would make at least one attempt if they hit the market. Who doesn’t want a 30-year-old Final MVP twice running in line at an All-NBA level?
“Dallas is considered by some executives as the most serious threat to land Kawhi because of the presence of Luka Doncic and the office’s ability to create maximum cap space or process a sign and trade. Leonard’s years with Nike also developed a good relationship with Nico Harrison, the new general manager of the Mavs and a former executive of the company. “
The most complicated things are reports that Leonard is deeply angered by the Clippers ’medical staff. The last time he felt like that was with the San Antonio Spurs, and everyone remembers how it ended.
At least a team planned to make a strong run at Leonard’s gaze away from LA Whether she finally succeeded or not, remains to be seen.