A buzzer-beating playoff game-winner, the devotion of a city, and a trip to the NBA Finals are apparently still not enough to keep Kawhi Leonard in Toronto.
Despite the success and love he has seen from the city and the franchise, Kawhi's heart is still in Los Angeles, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
“If the Raptors win this, it’ll be hard for Kawhi to leave,” said Shelburne. “I still think he does, I know there’s like this flickering hope that he would stay regardless because he does enjoy Canada.
“I just think the guy has been pretty clear. He wants to be back home in California. he has a house there which he has wanted the whole time. He wanted that before anything went south with the Spurs. This is a pretty consistent desire. It’s not like Paul George, where like Paul George, he’s from Palmdale but he likes fishing and that kind of a lifestyle. That’s very Oklahoma.”
Kawhi's connection to L.A. has been realized for years. When the star enters free agency this coming July, both Los Angeles teams are hoping to use that connection to lure him to their team.
We will see how the stars line up in the end, but at this point, it seems almost inevitable that he will be sunbathing on the West coast before the summer is out.