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SportReport: Clippers looking to add Leonard, Butler

05:25  30 june  2019
05:25  30 june  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

Kawhi Leonard likely to choose between Raptors, Clippers

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.

Los Angeles Clippers . Report : Latest on Jimmy Butler -Kawhi Leonard to Per The Athletic's Sam Amick, sources believe a pairing of Butler and Kawhi Leonard with the Los Angeles Clippers " looks increasingly possible." Of course, there's also the situation with Leonard and the Toronto Raptors.

Leonard is from Los Angeles and the Clippers have reportedly been on his mind for a while now. Jimmy Butler is one of the other free agents who will be available this Summer and based on a new report from Sam Amick of The Athletic, Kawhi might be interested in joining forces with the Sixers star.

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To say that the Los Angeles Clippers are going big-game hunting this offseason would be an understatement.

Already linked to Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, the Clippers are now reportedly interested in teaming Leonard up with fellow free agent Jimmy Butler.

This flies in the face of previous reports suggesting that Los Angeles was not interested in Butler.

It would be a package deal, meaning that Butler wouldn’t be of interest to the Clippers without Leonard.

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Butler, Leonard to Clippers 'increasingly possible'

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Butler, Leonard to Clippers 'increasingly possible' According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, league sources indicate that Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard teaming up on the L.A. Clippers is becoming an “increasingly possible scenario.” Amick reports that the Clippers are somewhat on the outside looking in when it comes to Kevin Durant, but that Leonard is interested in Butler as a potential teammate. Butler would presumably also receive a maximum-salary deal from the Clippers. In order to have space to add two free agents at $32.7M apiece, the team would need to move Danilo Gallinari’s expiring $22.6M contract.

The Los Angeles Clippers could land two of the top free agents this summer. There are many scenarios seemingly in play, but sources say one in particular looks increasingly possible: Butler Throughout the process, the Clippers have been billed as one of the top possibilities as far as landing

“Sources say one in particular looks increasingly possible: Butler teaming up with Leonard on the Clippers ,” Amick wrote in the roundup. Leonard won the NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors last year, and is widely expected to choose between Toronto and the Clippers .

A report earlier on Saturday indicated that the Raptors are losing hope that they’ll be able to re-sign Leonard once free agency opens Sunday evening.

If that’s the case, the two Los Angeles teams represent Leonard’s next destination. As it relates to the Lakers, they are apparently confident in their ability to land Leonard.

With $81.7 million in cap holds, the Clippers can create two max-slot openings by renouncing their eight impending free agents.

There’s also a possibility that Los Angeles could move veteran Danilo Gallinari and his $22.6 million expiring contract to a team with cap space.

Gallinari wouldn’t be needed with Leonard and Butler aboard. It’s in this that the Golden State Warriors could be of interest should Durant indicate he’s leaving, setting up a potential sign-and-trade with another team. That would give Golden State a trade exception of $35-plus million.

Sources: Kawhi Leonard to meet with Lakers, Clippers

Sources: Kawhi Leonard to meet with Lakers, Clippers Sources: Kawhi Leonard to meet with Lakers, Clippers

Don't count the Clippers out of the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes just yet. According to The Athletic, the team is working on a deal that could land them both Leonard and Jimmy Butler . Sam Amick reports that Kawhi and Jimmy heading west is looking "increasingly possible." The idea of pairing up the two

Leonard and Butler joining forces with the Los Angeles Clippers is looking “increasingly possible,” according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick. Leonard is their priority, and Los Angeles is widely reported to be very much in the mix to acquire him, but adding Butler is where things get more difficult.

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