Masai Ujiri: Kawhi Leonard focused on Warriors, not uncertain future
Kawhi Leonard faces an uncertain future following the conclusion of the NBA Finals, but Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri believes the superstar is focused solely on the Golden State Warriors.
“The future conversations I’ve had with Kawhi are about the Golden State Warriors,” Ujiri told reporters Wednesday, per ESPN’s Tim Bontempts. “His focus is on what is is in front of him. That’s his mindset.”
There has been no shortage of speculation surrounding what Leonard will do in free agency, which hardly comes as a surprise given his status as one of the top players in the league, which has only been reinforced by his phenomenal postseason.
Upon his arrival in Toronto ahead of the season, all signs pointed toward Leonard ultimately 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. Further, a report in April speculated that playing on the West Coast is still an alluring prospect for the L.A. native.
Still, the Raptors are nevertheless believed to have done a great job of convincing the superstar to remain in Canada for the long term. Recent reporting suggests staying with the Raptors remains a “serious consideration” for Leonard.
All that said, Leonard is without question one of the NBA’s most enigmatic players, so anything is possible at this point. Perhaps Leonard will be swayed to stay in Toronto should the Raptors upend the Warriors in an upset. Then again, perhaps not.