Right now there is no doubt in my mind that Kawhi Leonard is the MVP of this season up to this point. He’s averaging 26 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals whilst shooting 49.1% from the field, and he is leading the best team in the NBA.
Even though DeMar DeRozan was a legend for the Toronto Raptors fans will have quickly forgotten about him this season. The Raptors have a great mixture of offense and defense and Leonard is at the heart of that. He is their go-to scorer on offense and their best defender on defense. His stellar play has the Raptors in serious title contention for the first time in their franchise’s history and I can’t wait to see this team in the Playoffs.
Kawhi is a free agent next summer and there has been some serious speculation on where he will sign for next season. Given how good Toronto Raptors are right now it’s hard to see him not staying in Canada, but you never know. One team that seems to be always in the mix for Kawhi is the LA Lakers. They have a lot of cap space to use and LeBron is known for attracting free-agents... or so we thought.
Kevin Durant came out recently and said that a player like Kawhi playing with LeBron didn’t make much sense.
According to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report:
“If you’re a younger player like a Kawhi, trying to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t really make sense.”
“Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his hands, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo with his post-ups; it’s how he plays the game. A lot of young players are developing that skill. They don’t need another guy.”
If Kawhi did move to LA then he would become the 2nd fiddle to LeBron and the way Kawhi is playing now I doubt Leonard would want that to happen. I have another theory about why Durant said this thought. KD is a free agent next summer and LA is also in the mix for him.
Maybe Durant is trying to deter Kawhi from signing with LA because Durant wants to go there.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.