Report: Kawhi Leonard Has Completed Meetings With Both Lakers and Clippers

Brad Sullivan
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A new report indicates that Kawhi Leonard has already met with the two teams that are battling furiously to recruit him away from the Toronto Raptors: the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

Leonard, a native of Los Angeles, had been rumored last month to be favoring the Clippers. However, within the past week, the Lakers have surged into contention in the high-stakes sweepstakes for the reigning NBA Finals MVP.

In his one season with the Raptors, Leonard helped change the fortunes of a team that had never before won an NBA championship. All throughout the postseason, he improved his free-agency chances with outstanding play, which was capped by the dethroning of the two-time champion Golden State Warriors.

Such a performance also wiped away any health concerns about Leonard, who missed almost all of the 2017-18 campaign, when he was a member of the San Antonio Spurs.

In the buildup to free agency, Leonard reportedly indicated that he would meet last with the Raptors. However, he also appears to not be in a rush to make a final decision, which could mean that all three teams will sit anxiously until the final decision is made.

Leonard’s decision will have financial ramifications, since he would be able to get a five-year, $190 million max deal from the Raptors. That’s in contrast to the four-year, $141 million max deal the Lakers and Clippers can offer. Playing in his hometown might come at a small price for Leonard, but it appears that he’s prepared for that possibility.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.