The Clippers were somehow counted out of the Kawhi race as soon as yesterday when reports circulated by Fox Sport’s Chris Broussard that the 2x Finals MVP apparently informed the Clippers he would not be signing with them.
“I have been told that Kawhi is leaning HEAVILY towards the Lakers. I’ve talked to some people close to the situation who said Kawhi has talked to the LAC on a call & told them that they are out.”
— LakeShowWorld (@LakeShowWorld) July 2, 2019
Hours later, it seems we have reason to doubt that report. Whether feelings change or Chris was given wrong information, there is no evidence Kawhi has ruled out the Clippers. Not only has Broussard deleted the original report about Kawhi eliminating the Clippers, but Kendrick Perkins (former NBA center and current ESPN analyst) delivered a report that directly refuted that claim.
Just heard that Kawhi is meeting with the Clippers tonight but the Lakers hold the upper hand, unless Doc work his Magic tonight it’s looking very strong that Kawhi will be in Purple and Gold!!!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 2, 2019
So, if he still can be swayed to sign with the Clips, what will it take to close the deal? While the Lakers still hold the upper hand, what Doc Rivers says in his reported meeting with Kawhi tonight could tip the scales in their favor, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kawhi and the Clippers also met for dinner last night in L.A., in a report by LAC insider Kenny Hawkes.
Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers shared mutual interest during the meeting, it went well, however, there is no definitive answer in whether he’ll leave Toronto, per source.
— Kenny Hawkes (@Kenny_Hawkes) July 2, 2019
Yes, it is a waiting game for Kawhi. The community is aware that it may take several more days for Leonard to make up his mind. But as Chris Broussard pointed out earlier, again refuting his earlier report, nobody knows what Kawhi is thinking.
“I’m told Kawhi has not made any decision yet. Maybe Jerry West and Doc Rivers wowed him last night, maybe they’re mulling over a 1-year deal with the Raptors.” — @Chris_Broussard pic.twitter.com/XOPIeEo6N0
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 2, 2019
The race is still very much open for Kawhi Leonard. And yes, the Clippers have as much of a chance as anyone.