If NBA fans and members of the media have learned one thing from the 2019 free agency cycle, it is that no one really knows what Kawhi Leonard is thinking.
The All-Star forward signed with the Clippers two years ago, and the recruitment process was more tortuous than the daytime soap opera.Leonard can become an unrestricted free agent again by rejecting his player option this summer, and Previous report It is widely expected that he will renew his contract with Los Angeles. If the 30-year-old decides to have a dialogue with other teams, no one will be shocked.
So, which external suitors can actually force Leonard to consider leaving the Clippers after just two seasons? Both the Mavericks and the Heat “plan to vigorously acquire Leonard.” According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, He pointed out that Dallas is regarded by some league executives as the “most serious threat” to gaining Leonard through salary space or signing first.
The Mavericks can provide Leonard with the opportunity to fight alongside Luka Doncic, the Slovenian prodigy averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists and 7.9 rebounds in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs against the Clippers. . According to O’Connor, Leonard also maintains a good relationship with Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison. During his tenure as an executive at Nike, he worked with Leonard.
Another round of free agency rumors will provide some offseason entertainment, but it is important to remember that the Clippers are still the favorites in the Leonard draw.
When there was a chance to stay with the defending champion Raptors or join LeBron James and the Lakers, Leonard chose the Clippers and persuaded Paul George to request a trade to leave Oklahoma City. He can stay in his hometown and continue to play for his competitors. The Clippers will arrange his next contract in any way he chooses. In short, Los Angeles can provide a very convincing case to stay.
But again, we are talking about Kawhi Leonard here. Nothing can be ruled out at this time.