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SportNBA Finals 2019: Raptors' Kawhi Leonard named MVP after fantastic playoff run

07:36  14 june  2019
07:36  14 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star may accept short-term deal from Raptors

Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star may accept short-term deal from Raptors Leonard can opt out of his contract and become a free agent after this season's over. Per TrueHoop: "Of course, he's about to become a free agent. And because of that, as the media you might expect to hear sunny things about Kawhi's return from Raptors sources eager to tamp down the impression Kawhi is bound for the Clippers or another team. "But even before the Finals began, we at TrueHoop heard from plugged-in sources associated with players and the league — but not the team — that Kawhi would return to Toronto, at least on a short-term deal.

American basketball player. Kawhi Leonard . Leonard with the Raptors in 2019 . No. 2 – Toronto Raptors . Leonard was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2012, and won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2014, when he was named the Finals Most Valuable Player ( MVP ).

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Kawhi Leonard’s fantastic postseason run has been capped off with another individual accolade.

The Raptors star was named the 2019 NBA Finals MVP after his team’s 114-110 win over the Warriors in Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday.

Leonard had 22 points in the championship-clinching win and he was great throughout the series. He averaged 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in the six games against Golden State.

Leonard is just the third player ever to win the Finals MVP with two different teams, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James. Leonard also took home the award with the Spurs in 2014.

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The 2019 NBA Finals is the concluding championship series of the National Basketball Association ( NBA )'s 2019 playoffs to determine the champion for the 2018–19 season.

Cedric Maxwell is the only Finals MVP winner eligible for the Hall of Fame who has not been voted in.[9]. " Kawhi Leonard is third youngest NBA Finals MVP ever". "Andre Iguodala named Finals MVP after coming off bench to begin series". ESPN.com. Toronto Raptors . Central. Chicago Bulls.

The 27-year-old star almost single-handedly carried the Raptors to the first title in franchise history. The team went to him time and again for clutch buckets and he delivered. He even knocked down one of the biggest shots in franchise history: a crazy bouncing buzzer beater in the fourth quarter of Game 7 against the 76ers in the second round.

The Raptors acquired Leonard — along with Danny Green — from the Spurs in exchange for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan in a blockbuster trade last offseason. Leonard is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent later this month.

Leonard dominates as Raptors take 3-1 Finals lead vs. Warriors

Leonard dominates as Raptors take 3-1 Finals lead vs. Warriors The Toronto Raptors are one win from their first NBA title. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Serge Ibaka came off the bench to score 20 points and the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. BOX SCORE: RAPTORS 105, WARRIORS 92 Pascal Siakam scored 19 for the Raptors. Game 5 is in Toronto on Monday. The Warriors need a win to extend the series and give themselves one more game at Oracle Arena before moving to San Francisco next season. Klay Thompson scored 28 points and Stephen Curry scored 27 for the Warriors.

With his cool demeanor and inspired play , Kawhi Leonard has brought out the best in a haunted franchise. Without that history, Leonard may never have been a Raptor . Teams at peace don't trade the most beloved player in franchise history—least of all for an impending free agent.

Kawhi Leonard 's huge impact on the 2014 NBA Finals has earned him the Most Valuable Player award. Leonard 's versatility created problems for Miami and magic for San Antonio. He forced turnovers along with tough shots on defense, ran the floor in transition on offense, worked the boards

Regardless of what happens this summer, that deal paid off big time for the Raptors.

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Kawhi Leonard likely to choose between Raptors, Clippers.
There are sure to be more than a handful of teams that try to sign Kawhi Leonard when the NBA Finals MVP becomes a free agent this summer, but the sweepstakes may already be down to just two. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on “Get Up” Tuesday morning that the Los Angeles Lakers have very little chance of signing Leonard, both because of their financial situation and because Leonard does not want to be the third guy behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Rather, Wojnarowski notes that Leonard is “focused” on the Clippers, and he will likely choose between them and the Toronto Raptors.

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