If there's one thing to take away from the 2019 NBA free-agency period, it's that Kawhi Leonard doesn't care about East Coasters' vacations. The reigning NBA Finals MVP announced that he's joining the Los Angeles Clippers a little before 2 a.m. EST, and he's bringing another two-way superstar with him: Paul George.
While this news has shifted the balance of power in the NBA, it actually hasn't had an effect on Kawhi's odds to win 2019 NBA MVP (+1100), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
It has, however, caused George's odds to soar. George is currently +1300 to win the NBA MVP, and he was listed at +2300 as of July 1. This shift makes sense, as the Clippers are favored to win the 2019-20 NBA Finals, and a league MVP generally comes from a contender.
Still, neither player is favored to win the award this year. The reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (+300) is favored to take home the award again, though James Harden (+550) and Steph Curry (+550) aren't too far behind.
As for the other stars in Los Angeles, LeBron James (+750) and Anthony Davis (+950) could give Giannis a run for his money.
Even though Giannis is currently the favorite, it wouldn't be a shock to see someone like Kawhi, George, LeBron or Davis take home the 2019-20 NBA MVP award.
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