Kawhi Leonard will soon be a Los Angeles Clipper, because the Los Angeles Clippers did everything right.
They assembled a roster of tenacious, talented young players. They built methodically, impressively—winning in the present while pocketing salary-cap room and extra draft picks for the future.
They sold their vision with a championship coach (Doc Rivers), the NBA's wealthiest owner (Steve Ballmer), a legendary executive (Jerry West) and one of the shrewdest front-office staffs in the league.
And when it came time to close the deal last week, the Clippers leveraged it all—their acumen, their flexibility and a whole bunch of those picks—to acquire Paul George, which clinched Leonard's commitment and transformed the franchise.