Paul George: ‘I Wanted to Be Traded to San Antonio’
Paul George at first needed to join Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio.
“We needed to go to San Antonio first,” George reviews of his underlying exchange request from the Indiana Pacers back in June 2017.
About 5 days before the exchange, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard met to incubate their Clippers plan. On a sailboat ride in Waikiki, I plunked down with George, who says he’s been attempting to play with Kawhi since 2017: “I needed to be exchanged to San Antonio.” STORY: https://t.co/cjhVgBaGLm pic.twitter.com/kwEgqB54Dr—Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) November 20, 2019
PG says he and Leonard—the LA Clippers’ new genius team will hit the floor together just because Wednesday night—were “predetermined” to unite.
“I needed to be exchanged to San Antonio,” George says. “We needed to go to San Antonio first, and we didn’t make that happen.”A group source affirmed that the Pacers and Spurs talked, yet San Antonio came up short on the resources for pair George with Leonard. The Lakers likewise needed George, however then group president Magic Johnson would not exchange the 2017 second in general pick (which would become Lonzo Ball) and Brandon Ingram, accepting the group could in the end sign George as a free agent.”As far as the Lakers, I needed to go to L.A.,” George says. “They didn’t get that going. They didn’t assemble nothing. So that is in the back of my psyche [when I became a free agent]. That was in the back of my mind.”Sam Presti of the Oklahoma City Thunder would in the long run swoop in and procure the Pacers star, yet collaborating with Leonard lingered.”Just appears as though it was ordained,” George said when authoritatively acquainted with L.A. “We should play together.”
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