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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Introduced to New Home in Los Angeles

There aren’t many people who possess the same amount of energy as Steve Ballmer.

The Los Angeles Clippers owner was ecstatic to say the least when his franchise introduced it’s two biggest offseason additions on Wednesday afternoon. Kawhi Leonard signed a three-year, $103-million deal with the franchise after winning an NBA championship in his lone year with the Toronto Raptors. The Clippers also acquired superstar Paul George via a blockbuster mega-trade.

I have these notes, but I’m just fired up to be here today,” Ballmer yelled at the start of the press conference. “It’s pretty cool. Pretty damn cool! Woo!”

The two big moves have definitely led to a shift in power in the Western Conference. Very quickly, the Clippers have become one of the favourites to win the 2020 NBA championship with a strong collection of role players and scorers, built around two superstars.

“Now we’re on the Clippers and it’s just, I think we got something special and we can make history here.” Leonard said. “We got the right team to do it … I’m ready to go.”

The 2019 Finals MVP also took some time to thank the Toronto Raptors before commenting on his new team.

“Thank (you) Toronto. The city, the country, it was a great amazing season. Best parade ever. Thanks to their doctors for delivering my baby boy (in the spring). I also just want to thank the city — as far as the restaurants, the Kawhine-and-Dine, took advantage of that.

“The players, they already know what’s up. But now I’m on my next journey. These guys, I think we got a great future. Paul (George) is player I always wanted to play with.”

His new teammate also had some time to introduce himself to his new team. George spoke freely with the media while beaming with excitement.

“I’m extremely excited and extremely happy to be back home,” George said. “First and foremost I just want to thank the whole Thunder organization. … It was a great two years there for me. But, ultimately, they helped me find my way back home to L.A., and I’m very appreciative of that moment.”

The battle of LA and the Western Conference begins now!

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