Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s rumored free company plans have been the focus of the NBA’s upcoming offseason, however the two All Stars are removed from the one extremely coveted gamers set to check the market. For occasion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard can even be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Following Toronto’s 111-98 victory over the Lakers Thursday evening, cameras picked up a quick interplay between Leonard and LeBron James, which can certainly add to the hypothesis that the 2 Finals MVPs may very well be teaming up in L.A.
There hasn’t been a lot discuss this season about the place Kawhi will signal, because of his introverted nature, but it surely has lengthy been rumored that he hopes to return to California.
Leonard, 27, was born in Los Angeles and performed his school ball at San Diego State earlier than being chosen 15th total by the Indiana Pacers within the 2011 NBA Draft. As we all know, he was instantly traded to the San Antonio Spurs, the place he spent the primary seven seasons of his NBA profession.
Despite Leonard’s reported need to play in L.A., it seems LeBron might need to look elsewhere for his subsequent sidekick.
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During an look on Brian Windhorst‘s podcast final week, ESPN’s Michael C. Wright reported he is been instructed Kawhi does not have curiosity in signing with the Lakers.
“That’s simply what I have been instructed,” Wright stated (H/T Bleacher Report). “It’s what I have been instructed going again to final summer time. I do not see that as one thing that is occurring. I believe he goes to the Clippers.”
In his first season with the Raptors, Kawhi is averaging a career-high 27 factors per sport along with 7.four rebounds, three.2 assists and 1.eight steals per evening.
Toronto, 49-20, is presently the second seed within the Eastern Conference, 2.5 video games again of the Milwaukee Bucks.