According to a report from Cris Carter of FS1, Leonard is still undecided when it comes to his looming free agency decision.
At least into the weekend.
According to a report from Cris Carter of FS1, Kawhi Leonard is still undecided when it comes to his looming free agency decision.
Carter, who has ties to Leonard’s camp, also addressed the rumors about Leonard signing a one- to two-year deal, saying he’s not interested in a short-term contract.
After looking like we would find out today, we will not. Kawhi is still undecided & is not going to finalize his decision today.
Also, contrary to other reports, Kawhi is NOT interested in signing a 1 or 2 year deal. When he signs, it will be a long term contract.
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) July 5, 2019
Leonard has caught the attention of everybody this offseason and after almost all of the big names found their respective teams at the start of free agency, eyes — and even helicopters — are set on the NBA champion.
The Lakers believe they’re “firmly in the lead” to land the star because of the “recruiting efforts and assurances made on separate fronts” by former president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and LeBron James, according to an earlier report from the New York Times.
Rapper and Raptors fan Drake “is said to be mounting his own recruiting campaign on top of whatever the freshly minted champions are doing” to convince Leonard to stay, the Times’ report says.
But still, the ball remains in Leonard’s court as teammates aren’t even sure where he’ll land.
“I try to leave him alone because I already know the hectic process and everybody is probably blowing his phone up,” Danny Green
Danny Green hasn’t spoken directly to Kawhi yet throughout this Free Agency process pic.twitter.com/KcNzd8pmxM
— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) July 4, 2019 ” href=”http://<blockquote%20class=”twitter-tweet”%20data-lang=”en”><p%20lang=”en”%20dir=”ltr”>Danny%20Green%20hasn%E2%80%99t%20spoken%20directly%20to%20Kawhi%20yet%20throughout%20this%20Free%20Agency%20process%20<a%20href=”https//t.co/KcNzd8pmxM%22%3Epic.twitter.com/KcNzd8pmxM%3C/a%3E%3C/p%3E—%20Yahoo%20Sports%20Canada%20(@YahooCASports)%20%3Ca%20href=%22https://twitter.com/YahooCASports/status/1146888847495745536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%22%3EJuly%204,%202019%3C/a%3E%3C/blockquote%3E%20%3Cscript%20async%20src=%22https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js%22%20charset=%22utf-8%22%3E%3C/script%3E” target=”_blank”>said over the Fourth of July holiday. “So if I do communicate with him, it’s through his camp. I don’t want to blow his phone up.”
Leonard’s camp has made sure the process remains a private one, even going so far as warning teams against leaking information. According to an ESPN report, his camp warned prospective teams if information on their meetings got out, they would be “really imperiling” their chance to sign Leonard, who led the Raptors to their first NBA championship this past season.
The three-time All-Star played an integral role, averaging 30.5 points with 9.1 assists per game during the postseason.