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SportNBA free agency: What are options for Raptors' Kawhi Leonard?

15:50  15 june  2019
15:50  15 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.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.

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Toronto Raptors were not Kawhi Leonard ’s preferred team when he requested a trade from San Antonio a year ago. But where do the Raptors stand now, as Leonard – for the second time in his career – gets ready to hit free agency ? You can look at it two ways.

When Kawhi Leonard bounced home a jumper at the Game 7 buzzer to beat the Sixers in the second round, it evoked a similar shot that Vince Carter had 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

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Toronto Raptors were not Kawhi Leonard’s preferred team when he requested a trade from San Antonio a year ago.

But where do the Raptors stand now, as Leonard – a champion and Finals MVP for the second time in his career – gets ready to hit free agency?

You can look at it two ways.

The Raptors made a convincing argument that Leonard should stay.

Or, Leonard helped the Raptors to a title, his work with the team is done, he will forever be a legend in Raptors history and can now join another team.

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Kawhi Anthony Leonard (/kəˈwaɪ/, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association ( NBA ).

Leonard is set to become a free agent this offseason, and Raptors hope they have done enough to His first choice is to re-sign with the Warriors, but he could weigh other options this offseason. • Kawhi Leonard declined to comment about his impending free agency after Toronto's title win.

There are other variables, too, including whether Raptors president Masai Ujiri entertains a potential offer to run basketball operations for the Washington Wizards.

The Raptors own Leonard’s Bird rights and can offer him a five-year, $189.6 million deal. Other teams can offer a four-year deal worth $140.6 million. Leonard can also negotiate a shorter contract, too, and it may not be about the most money, either. Lifestyle, coach, front office, teammates and city also can play a role in a free agent’s decision.

What are Leonard’s potential options?

Toronto Raptors

You would think what the Raptors did increased Leonard’s chances of staying, and perhaps he looks at a short-term deal and revisits free agency after next season. He turns 28 in two weeks and will be a sought-after free agent in 2020 if that’s what he wants.

Kawhi Leonard addresses report that he bought property in Toronto

Kawhi Leonard addresses report that he bought property in Toronto Kawhi Leonard will be one of the biggest names to watch in free agency this summer, and there have been rumblings he is considering staying with the Toronto Raptors for at least one more season. While that may end up happening, we apparently aren’t going to learn anything from any real estate purchases he has made. Michael Landsberg of TSN 1050 in Toronto reported last week that multiple people have told him Leonard bought property in Toronto. Leonard denied that on Sunday, but indicated he has not ruled it out. Kawhi on the rumor that he’s buying property in Toronto: “It didn’t happen yet, no” pic.twitter.

The Kawhi Leonard saga has reached its long-anticipated conclusion. The Toronto Raptors have traded star guard DeMar DeRozan to the San Kawhi Leonard is headed to Canada in a blockbuster swap the Spurs made. The Spurs and Raptors both officially announced the deal on Wednesday, just

Kawhi Leonard ’s impending free agency with the Toronto Raptors and his ties to the Los Angeles In Leonard ’s final season with the San Antonio Spurs and the 2018-19 NBA season with the Robertson has maintained that Leonard will keep his options open in free agency but for now, he’s

They treated his health with the utmost care and provided a solid treatment plan that yielded results. By the end of the season, Leonard performed like a top-five player and capped the season with an NBA championship and his second Finals MVP. If Leonard returns, the Raptors can run it back with almost the same squad, plus a healthy O.G. Anunoby, and have a chance to repeat.

Los Angeles Clippers

Leonard is from Southern California, played high school basketball in Riverside, California, and college basketball at San Diego State. The Clippers were one of the teams Leonard preferred. The Clippers’ interest in Leonard is well-known (they weren’t quite stalking him this season), and they have the money and salary cap to spend in free agency.

It’s an attractive team with coach Doc Rivers and a workman-like roster that suits Leonard’s no-nonsense style.

Los Angeles Lakers

When Leonard’s trade demand from San Antonio first became public, the Lakers were Leonard’s preferred destination, according to several reports. But that changed once LeBron James decided to sign with the Lakers in free agency. Now, James may try to convince Leonard to join him, and if the Lakers land Anthony Davis from New Orleans via trade, it would make the Lakers a desirable landing spot for any star.

Did Kawhi Leonard tip hand about leaving Raptors in free agency?

Did Kawhi Leonard tip hand about leaving Raptors in free agency? The way Kawhi Leonard phrased an answer during an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt after winning the NBA championship on Thursday night has some wondering whether he tipped his hand about his free agency plans. 

Kawhi Leonard 's free agency appears to be a two-team race. Who will prevail? With the Finals in the books, it's time to examine this summer's biggest storylines. The Toronto Raptors —the Raptors — are NBA champions, and while there will be pandemonium in Canada for the next few days

— After Monday’s championship parade in Toronto, Raptors star Kawhi Leonard can turn his attention to June 30. The Raptors can offer more money and term than other teams because of NBA rules. Leonard is one of several marquee potential free agents , a group that includes Kyrie Irving, Kemba

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are close enough to add two max salary players in free agency – perhaps Kyrie Irving and another wing to put alongside other hard-working, talented players, some of whom are overachieving under coach Kenny Atkinson. They also have a young, improving center in Jarrett Allen who is on the verge of becoming a two-way star.

New York Knicks

It’s no secret the Knicks would love to sign Kevin Durant. But don’t discount their interest in Leonard. If the Knicks draft R.J. Barrett and can land another star, it’s possible Leonard takes a look at that situation.

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Report: Raptors' hopes of re-signing Leonard fading.
It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Kawhi Leonard was going to return to Toronto. An impending free agent, that’s apparently no longer the case. According to Chris Broussard of Fox Sports, the chances of Toronto retaining Leonard in free agency are “fading.” The report mentions the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers as the two teams likely to sign Leonard. Hearing Raptors chances of keeping Kawhi are fading. A return to SoCal – either team – getting more and more likely.

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