Before the NBA 2019-20 season began, Paul George shocked fans by departing from OKC and joining Los Angeles Clippers. They also acquired Kawhi Leonard, who had led Toronto Raptors to the NBA 2018-19 championship. Recently, ESPN reported that both Leonard and George met at Drake's house to decide their move to the LA Clippers. Drake, who is a Toronto Raptors fan, is also their global ambassador.
Paul George called to congratulate Kawhi Leonard on winning a championship and then “it took on a life of its own.” After countless text messages, phone calls and two meetings at Drake’s house 👀, they were both home in LA. Here’s why that meant so much to George. pic.twitter.com/7Hr6weE89r— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 15, 2020
My understanding is he just let him stay there. I don’t believe he had any idea who he was meeting with. Think Air BnB!— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) January 15, 2020
Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George reportedly met at Darke's house in Hidden Hills, California. They even sent each other numerous text messages along with meeting while in LA. Both were already contemplating joining the Clippers, but meeting at Drake's house confirmed their plans. According to the ESPN report, Drake and Leonard befriended each other during Leonard's season with the Toronto Raptors. Drake then offered his home in California to Leonard while he was attending free-agency meetings. Leonard then lived in San Diego.
On the other hand, Paul George was traded by OKC as a part of a deal with the Clippers. George recently told ESPN that he is happy to be playing for his hometown. He even stated that he was not playing for the Clippers, but for his home. Both Paul George (hamstring injury) and Kawhi Leonard (load management) missed multiple games this season. The Clippers are currently at a 28-13 win-loss record and ranked fourth in the Western Conference.