Drake Has a "Recruiting Campaign" to Keep Kawhi Leonard on the Raptors
Jul 05 2019
Cris Carter, the legendary National Football League wide receiver-turned-FS1 talking head, has been reporting confidently regarding Leonard throughout the season, and on Thursday morning said that "Kawhi trusts his career with the Toronto Raptors", with the caveat that as of Wednesday night, "no team has an edge" as Leonard does his due diligence. Lakers are preparing to sign Kawhi Leonard while they have only 2 players retained from last season - LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma.
According to Jabari Young of The Athletic, it's possible that he'll remain that way for the next few days. With most of the top free agents off the board, Green's skill set could put him in line for a nice payday with the Lakers.
Such a scenario was supported by the report from Clutch Points, which indicated that "things seem to be lining up for Leonard to return to the Raptors on a one-year deal".
A private plane owned by the group that operates the Raptors landed Wednesday afternoon (early Thursday, PHL time) at Pearson International Airport in Toronto - and video footage suggests that Leonard was one of the passengers on that plane.
Leonard is eligible for a five-year $190 million max deal from the Toronto Raptors or a four-year deal worth $141 million from other interested teams. However, the NBA Finals MVP will still need more time before choosing a new (or old) team.
If the Lakers are successful in their pursuit of Leonard, they will instantly become the heavy favorites to win the 2020 NBA Finals. Just like the Lakers, the team would also have to add lesser role players, hoping the cap space can roll over into another star next summer. For the Lakers, it's a new-look roster with recent tumult in the front office. "Kawhi has NOT made his decision yet and all 3 teams are still in it". A Los Angeles native himself, having played college ball at San Diego State, Kawhi has to be weighing his options heavily right now.