During a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, the questioned was posed as to how they both got on the Clippers roster together, and that’s when Kawhi revealed the idea of them playing together actually started when it was on the San Antonio Spurs and George was still a member of the Indiana Pacers.
He then stated he tried to get George on the Spurs roster.
“I was trying to get San Antonio to get him over to us. You know how things work with trades, he ended up to the Thunder. But that’s probably when the initial idea started, when he wanted to get out of Indiana.”
At one point, Leonard said “this is probably going to be my first time playing with an elite player of his level. You know, around the same age as me, same talent. I’m excited.”
George would ultimately be traded to the Thunder and Leonard would see the Spurs trade him to the Raptors where he would go on to win an NBA Championship.
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