Kawhi Leonard was easily the biggest free agent of the summer. Following a Championship win with the Raptors in July, he had his choice narrowed down to three teams: the Raptors, Lakers, and Clippers. We know what he chose in the end, but the means by which it was carried out stepped on a lot of toes when it was all said and done.
In a new report from Sam Amick of The Athletic, he details some of the dramatics behind the scenes of Leonard's free-agency process and how his Uncle Dennis made a number of obscene demands.
According to Amick, Robertson (Κawhi's Uncle) asked Lakers governor Jeanie Buss for Leonard to receive part ownership of the team, a private plane, a house and a guaranteed amount of off-court endorsement money to secure his commitment to the team. Robertson reportedly discussed his requests with Buss over three phone calls over the course of three days, and she made it clear that the perks were illegal and would not be met.
Buss reportedly sensed "that the Lakers were being used as leverage to help Leonard get what he wanted out of the Clippers."
We also know he demanded the Clippers trade for a second superstar before he would sign.
In the end, it's the Clippers who won over Kawhi. And while their methods may be questionable now, we'll probably never know the full story.
What we do know is that it's likely Kawhi knew where he was going all along and that Uncle Dennis played a bigger role in the process than we all thought.
These revelations are quite shocking indeed, and really paint the picture of the thought process from Kawhi and his camp.