Kawhi Leonard has been one of the stars of the 2019 season, leading the Toronto Raptors to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. However, Leonard will become a free agent at the end of the season and it’s likely that he will either stay with Toronto or leave them for the Los Angeles Clippers.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explained that Kawhi Leonard could consider other teams that would pay him a max-contract but instead it’s been narrowed down to just two teams.
“I think teams like New York, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, teams who potentially have significant cap space, he might take meetings with them,” Wojnarowski said of Leonard as a guest on ESPN’s “Get Up!” “But I think by the time you get to July 1, typically players have a really strong idea about where they’re gonna go and usually their eyes are not getting opened in a one- or two-hour meeting with a team they haven’t given great consideration to. I think this is Clippers and Raptors.
“The Raptors can pay him more, they can pay him a $200-million-plus deal if he wants to stay in Toronto.”
“Kawhi might take meetings with teams like New York, Philly, Brooklyn, teams with significant cap space, but by the time free agents get to July they typically know where will they go (TOR or LAC).” – @wojespn pic.twitter.com/CmuTXyi3ar
— John Ledesma (@JohnnyNBA) May 6, 2019
Kawhi had no real intention of even playing with the Raptors in the first place when he was traded from the San Antonio Spurs after a falling out.
The Raptors journey in this year’s postseason may also have an impact on Kawhi Leonard’s decision on whether he stays or goes. If the Raptors are closer to a championship, it may change the star’s decision to return to his hometown.