NBA notebook: Leonard, George officially join Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers signed free agent forward Kawhi Leonard to a three-year, $103 million maximum contract and officially completed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Paul George.
President of basketball operations Lawrence Frank announced the moves Tuesday
but did not disclose terms of the deal, which have been reported by multiple
outlets. It was originally reported that Leonard would receive a four-year,
$142 million maximum contract.
Leonard's deal is actually for two years guaranteed with a third-year player
option, according to multiple reports. That would allow Leonard, a 28-year-old
Southern California native, to opt out and become a free agent again in 2021,
when he will have 10 accrued seasons and be eligible for the largest possible
George, who the Clippers traded for to pair with Leonard, also has two years
guaranteed and a player option remaining on his deal.
ESPN reported that the Nets' other big free agent acquisition, point guard
Kyrie Irving, also has a final-year player option on his four-year deal worth
Durant can opt out of his deal after the 2021-22 season, which could give the
Nets just two healthy seasons from the 10-time All-Star. He is expected to
miss the 2019-20 season with a ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the
NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
--The Golden State Warriors officially released point guard Shaun Livingston
after he spent five years with the team.
"We thank Shaun for his immense contributions, wish him well in his next
chapter and look forward to honoring him at some point in the future,"
Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob said in a statement.
Livingston, 33, considered retirement earlier in the offseason but now intends
to play a 16th NBA season.
--Veteran big man Mike Muscala kept his commitment to the Oklahoma City
Thunder, signing his new contract with the team. Terms of the deal were not
Muscala had been given the option of backing out of his agreement after the
Thunder agreed to trade George to the Clippers. Alec Burks, who had also
agreed to terms with the Thunder, was given the same option and decided to
sign with the Warriors instead.
Muscala, 28, has averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game
over 307 games. He split last season between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los
Angeles Lakers, averaging 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds.
--The Boston Celtics waived forward Guerschon Yabusele.
Boston selected Yabusele, a native of France, with the No. 16 pick in the 2016
NBA Draft. He played the next season overseas before coming over to play for
the Celtics, but he has failed to make an impact.
In two seasons in Boston, Yabusele played in 74 games (five starts), averaging
2.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 6.6 minutes per game. He shot 44.2 percent from
the field and 32.3 percent (21 of 65) from beyond the arc.
--Field Level Media