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Report: Clippers exploring feasibility of signing both Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler in free agency

Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly exploring the feasibility of signing both Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler in free agency, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Clippers have cap space to sign both Butler and Leonard. The two All-Stars will command max money on the open market.

There’s a lot of noise coming from the Clippers right now. Earlier today, we learned the Clips are trying to pair Leonard with Kevin Durant. Now, a new report comes out about getting Jimmy Buckets next to The Claw, who is expected to sign with the Lakers or Clippers if he decides to leave the Toronto Raptors.

If the Clippers are able to get Leonard and Butler next to their talented core of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, they would be title contenders and maybe the betting favorite to win it all in 2019-20. Butler and Leonard are elite defenders who cause havoc on seemingly every defensive possession. Leonard is arguably the best player in the league since he’s elite on offense too, while Butler is a four-time All-Star who can score 20-plus points in his sleep.

Led by owner Steve Ballmer, president Lawrence Frank, general manager Michael Winger, head coach Doc Rivers and special advisor Jerry West, the Clippers are trying to build something special and sustainable. Signing Butler and Leonard would accomplish both of those goals.