Staying with Raptors a ‘serious consideration’ for Kawhi Leonard
It has been assumed that Kawhi Leonard would leave Toronto in free agency going back to the the day the San Antonio Spurs traded him to the Raptors.
Is it possible, however, that the notion of remaining with the Raptors is becoming a more appealing option for the superstar?
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski addressed Leonard’s uncertain future in Toronto during Monday’s edition of his “The Woj Pod.”
“Kawhi Leonard just felt all along, it was going to take the full year to sell him on Toronto,” Woj said, as transcribed by Real GM. “It wasn’t going to be done in training camp or by Christmas or by the trade deadline. But I do think they’ve made progress with him. I do think they’ve made pretty good progress with him from the sense I have. They put themselves in it. And when Kawhi showed up there, I’m not sure he imagined any future in Toronto. I do think it’s a serious consideration now.”
Upon his arrival in Toronto, all signs pointed toward Leonard being lured to his hometown and signing with the Lakers. It also has been speculated that Leonard may be more likely to end up with L.A.’s other NBA team.
Still, the Raptors are nevertheless believed to be doing a great job of convincing the superstar to remain in Canada for the long term.
All that said, Leonard’s future after this season arguably should take a backseat to the Raptors’ Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Philadelphia 76ers, during which Leonard is accomplishing postseason feats last seen out of Michael Jordan.
Perhaps Leonard ultimately will leave the Raptors in free agency. However, isn’t it at least possible that a run to the NBA Finals could sway Leonard’s perspective and compel him to re-sign?
“But Toronto is selling winning on him,” Woj added. “They can’t sell geography to him, I don’t think. I don’t think they can’t sell weather on him. There’s nothing they can do about that. When you have that kind of organization, you sell winning and again, the chance to make the most money.”