The Clippers traded a monstrous package deal for Paul George in 2019 as a result of they weren’t getting Kawhi Leonard in the event that they didn’t.
However there have been these inside the organisation that also didn’t really feel nice about giving up Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and you may rely Doc Rivers amongst them.
“One in every of my favourite guys, jogs my memory numerous Tyrese [Maxey] simply so far as his strategy,” Rivers instructed reporters just lately. “He’s a kind of younger guys in his rookie yr that you just couldn’t coach sufficient. That cherished being coached, overworked and stood for every part that’s good within the recreation. I say the identical factor about Tyrese. I’ve had a number of these (sort of gamers) however (Gilgeous-Alexander) stands out.
“Quiet demeanor however powerful, and also you knew this was coming. At the very least I did. I consider that. The day we determined to make that transfer after I was in L.A., I used to be not so certain about it — although what we did was phenomenal, too. I stored pondering this child’s gonna be particular, and I’m actually joyful that he’s as a result of he’s a very good child.”
Gilgeous-Alexander has since blossomed right into a famous person with the Thunder, now sitting fifth league-wide in scoring with 30.8 factors per recreation on virtually 50 % capturing from the sector.
The Clippers not solely shipped Gilgeous-Alexander to Oklahoma Metropolis in alternate for George, but additionally despatched them Danilo Gallinari, 5 first-round draft picks, and two first-round decide swaps.