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Draymond Green officially joins Klutch Sports

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With free agency nearing, the Warriors defensive ace has joined the most talked-about agency in the NBA.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has officially joined Klutch Sports Group, the agency famously associated with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

Klutch Sports has been heavily in the news this season. Formed by James’ close friend Rich Paul, Klutch has developed a reputation for fighting for player rights, and not caving to the demands of ownership.

Most recently and most famously, Anthony Davis switched to Klutch Sports, which was quickly followed by a public trade request, with the agency pushing to have the New Orleans Pelicanstrade the superstar to the Lakers.

James, of course, has grown a bit of a reputation for recruiting players, but Green said that he was not recruited to the agency that James had a hand in creating. A three-time All-Star, Green was merely influenced by both James and Paul, as well as what the agency represents.

“Klutch is a cutting-edge company, it’s a pure environment, and I’ve grown to know Rich over the years,” Green told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “We’ve become very close. When you really take a step back and actually study what is going on, he checks every box that a player would want in an agent. … It’s bigger than just contracts. This is genuine, and it’s the right move for me. We’ll be in business long after I’m done playing. And that’s more important than anything.

“… It’s impossible to say LeBron played no part in me joining Klutch, simply because he has been Klutch since the beginning. He’s essentially a founding partner. I’ve already had a relationship with LeBron for years, so it’s always good to be able to do business with family that’s going about their business in the right fashion and getting things done. But as far as recruiting me — no, LeBron didn’t recruit me at all.”

Green, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, will be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season. We’ll see what the NBA landscape looks like then, and how his new agency works with the Warriors for Green’s next deal.

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WATCH: It has been 24 years in the making and it took 100 playoff games, but the Raptors have finally made it to the grandest stage. It’s been a rough, emotional and frustrating ride but it has all led to this, a date with the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Relive the ups and downs of their journey here.

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Toronto Raptors Trophy Presentation Ceremony – 2019 Eastern Conference Finals Champions

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WATCH: 2019 Eastern Confernce Finals Champions Toronto Raptors Trophy Ceremony. Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors – Game 6 | Eastern Conference Finals ECF | May 25, 2019 NBA Playoffs

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24 Years in the Making: The Toronto Raptors Advance to 1st NBA Finals in Franchise History

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The Toronto Raptors are headed to the NBA Finals, a basketball success story Canadians have been waiting on for 24 seasons.

The Toronto Raptors made history Saturday night by becoming the first Canadian team to reach the NBA finals after dominating past the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6. 

Throughout the entire 2019 playoffs, Leonard has been sensational. With a game 7 buzzer-beater, seven 35-point games, a 45-point game, a 17-rebound game, a nine-assist game and a generally-relentless attitude on defense, in particular while defending Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kyle Lowry, played through relentless pain of a sprained thumb, had 17 points and eight assists, and grabbed the game ball after the final buzzer.

“It’s taken a long time to get here in my career, 13 years, seven years here,” he said, his baseball cap reading “NBA Finals” pulled down over his head. “I’m going to savour the moment, but I’m not satisfied. Our goal is to win the NBA championship.”

Thousands of people took to the streets of Toronto in celebration of the Raptors’ historic Eastern Conference championship win. Crowds erupted outside of Scotiabank Arena.

Other images posted online showed fans lighting off fireworks in the streets, crowds closing off roads and even people climbing on top of TTC buses and trucks outside of Union Station.

As celebrations were underway, Toronto police sent out a tweet asking everyone to be “mindful, courteous and safe” and on Sunday morning, a police spokesperson confirmed to that no arrests were made during the celebrations.

Raptors ambassador Drake was courtside during the game, cheering on the team and wearing a sweater that read, “Kawhi me a river,” hyping up the crowd. Drake hugged Kawhi Leonard and gave coach Nick Nurse another epic shoulder rub to shut down the haters.

Toronto had an incredible comeback in the series to win four straight games after trailing 2–0 to the Bucks. They will open the NBA finals at home on Thursday night against six-time champions Golden State Warriors. Until then, embrace and enjoy this moment Canada.

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