Lawrence Frank among Clippers employees present in majority of Kawhi Leonard’s games
Reports have it that Lawrence Frank is among Los Angeles Clippers employees present at an unusual frequency during Raptors games, possibly Kawhi Leonard-related. Leonard has long been linked to the Clippers, even until now that he was traded to the Toronto Raptors.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN wrote about how the Clippers are zeroing in on the 2019 free agency class that includes Leonard, arguably one of the best two-way players in the league right now.
Raptors officials have noticed a Clippers employee at roughly 75 percent of the team’s games thus far this season. That has included president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, which is rare. Presidents and general managers are almost never seen attending a game that doesn’t involve their teams.
Leonard is set to head a solid free agency class that also has the likes of Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler. The Clippers already have two max slots that they can use for a major overhaul next year. Leonard has been bent on playing for his hometown of Los Angeles, and many people believe that the Clippers are the frontrunners to sign him in 2019.
Windhorst also observed how the Clippers have revamped their front office in a bid to convince superstars to play for the lesser-known team in Hollywood.
It’s clear in their hiring. They’ve brought on NBA legend Jerry West and respected journalist Lee Jenkins to the front office in an effort to prepare a grand slam pitch when the time is right.
With Frank in attendance during Kawhi’s games, it could be an indication that the Clippers are letting the 27-year old All-Star that they are watching.