When the Los Angeles Lakers were preparing to hunt the star in the 2018 NBA Free Agency, the story between Kawhi Leonard and San Antonio Spurs took on several twists. At the signing of LeBron James for a four-year contract, the Lakers were expected to make an aggressive deal on trading for Leonard.
He would give the team a second All-Star to pair with James, who was speculated as more necessary than the young core. Additional support for the opportunity was a belief that Leonard preferred to join the Lakers or L.A. Clippers.
But Spurs refused to do business with his long-standing Western Conference rival, and finally Leonard traded to the Toronto Raptors. After missing his meeting in the Staples Center earlier this season, Thursday Thursday marked the market's first time at the Lakers since trading.
He finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and four assisted in Raptor's 1
James's words to Leonard will undoubtedly burn free agency speculation. Although the latest report continued to indicate Leonard is not interested in playing with James.
Instead, Leonard is reportedly more likely to sign Clippers this summer. But there is also a growing feeling that he has become comfortable with the Raptors and more open to the idea of re-registration than a first sentiment.