Kawhi Leonard’s subsequent transfer carries plenty of weight, and who it falls on will rely upon the place he finally ends up.
Talking Sunday throughout his look on Stadium after the beginning of free company, Raptors level guard Fred VanVleet mentioned Leonard’s impending determination and what it means for the workforce, calling it “franchise-changing” within the wake of Toronto profitable its first NBA championship.
“I think that if we do re-sign [Leonard] I think we got a chance to repeat,” VanVleet stated. “We wish Kawhi again. We acquired to attend and see however his determination is franchise-changing. So will probably be fascinating to see what occurs if we’re not in a position to after which we now have to go in a special course.
“Proper now we’re simply hopeful that he decides to come back again and run it again and we’ll attempt to go get one other one.”
As anticipated, Leonard opted out of the ultimate yr of his contract with the Raptors. After preliminary reviews recommended he was “seriously considering re-signing” with the workforce, Fox Sports later reported the Raptors’ possibilities of retaining Leonard are “fading” and the probability of him heading to Los Angeles is more and more doable.
Leonard, a southern California native, has lengthy been rumored to wind up with the Clipper or Lakers, with the latter changing into extra doubtless following the addition of Anthony Davis to pair with LeBron James. However, the two-time Finals MVP might be part of a Clippers squad that pushed the Warriors to 6 video games on this yr’s playoffs with out a reliable star.
Leonard had career-high per sport averages in factors (26.6) and rebounds (7.3) final season and averaged 30.5 factors per sport within the playoffs.