Kawhi Leonard is the biggest name in free agency given that Kevin Durant had just tore his achilles earlier this month. It seems like while the Raptors have been the frontrunners to sign Kawhi back, there is a new team that has taken the lead today.
According to our very own Brandon Robinson, there is a ‘heavy’ belief that Kawhi Leonard will be signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Belief of Kawhi to Los Angeles Lakers is strong.
When I asked a league source this afternoon, how strong?
They replied: “Heavy.”
Source isn't locking it in yet, but calling it: “Likely.” pic.twitter.com/vKE9L6Apur
— Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson (@ScoopB) June 29, 2019
The fact that it is ‘likely’ that Kawhi Leonard will be joining LeBron in LA isn’t too surprising, but something that is very scary for the rest of the Western Conference.
With Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson preparing to miss most of next season with injuries, the West seemed to be opening up to teams like the Nuggets, Blazers, and Jazz. Now, if the heavy belief turns into a certainty and Kawhi Leonard signs with the Lakers shortly, the pendulum in the West will be swinging heavily towards the Lakers.
If Kawhi signs a max contract in LA, the Lakers won’t have much salary cap space to sign role players, but having three superstars will surely have veterans wanting to join the team on a cheaper contract to chase the championship.
Time will tell what Kawhi will decide, but it sounds like our guy Scoop B is hearing that there is a real chance that he’ll be with the Lakers next year.