The NBA world was shocked very early Saturday morning when it was announced Kawhi Leonard agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Many thought the forward either would re-sign with the Toronto Raptors or team up with LeBron James on the Lakers, but neither was the case. The Clippers reportedly also acquired Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, suddenly making a strong case to be a contender in the Western Conference.

But why would Leonard pass up the opportunity to play with the league’s best player, coupled with Anthony Davis, and try to compete for another NBA title?

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 28-year-old “didn’t want to construct a Super Team with the Lakers. He wanted a co-star across the Staples corridor with the Clippers.”

Well then.

Could this spark a rivalry between the Clippers and Lakers? Only time will tell.

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