The addition of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers has thrust the historic franchise back into the championship picture, and free agents are now flocking to LA to get a chance at playing with LeBron.
Adding Kawhi Leonard, who has been heavily rumored to be wanting a trade out of San Antonio and to the Lakers this offseason, would only solidify the Lakers title hopes, as another All-Star alongside LeBron and Co. would help out tremendously against the Golden State Warriors out West.
However, despite all the reports Leonard has had his eye on the Lakers for quite some time now, some sources are saying that The Klaw may have changed his mind after the signing of LeBron.
According to ESPN Spurs reporter Michael C. Wright, Kawhi has changed his preferred destination from the Lakers to the Clippers after James joined the gold and purple this summer.
"Things have changed, but the Lakers are not Kawhi's preferred destination anymore. He wants to go to the Clippers. He doesn't want to go and be second fiddle to Lebron. That's what I was told, I was told by somebody that would know."
Given that Kawhi grew up in LA, changing his preferred destination from the Lakers to the Clippers isn't really a massive move geographically, but is a huge difference in terms of success and situation.
Joining the Lakers, Leonard would indeed be playing second fiddle to LeBron, but would be on a championship contender and one of the most popular sports franchises in the world. If Kawhi joined the Clippers instead, he'd be far and away their best player, but would struggle to make the playoffs let alone win a title alone in LA.
Not only that, according to Wright, the Spurs know that Kawhi wants to go to the Clips instead of the Lakers, but there's almost no way they trade with them because their assets are "shit."
As of right now, it'd take a miracle for Leonard to end up on the Clippers roster by the start of next season.