Clippers’ biggest threats in re-signing Kawhi Leonard, per odds
Kawhi Leonard is one of the few remaining big names that have yet to make a decision on his future after what was nothing short of a furious Day 1 of free agency. The two-time Finals MVP appears to be taking his time as he considers his career with the Los Angeles Clippers.
It is clear, however, that Leonard does not have a shortage of suitors in free agency. I mean, who would not want this guy on your team, right? If you ask the bookmakers, though, they’ve identified the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Golden State Warriors as the Top 3 teams that have the best odds of landing the five-time All-Star should he decide to part ways with the Clippers:
Odds on Kawhi's team at the start of the regular season if he leaves the Clippers:
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— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) August 3, 2021
The Knicks have been heavily linked to a swoop on Kawhi, and they have enough cap room to make this deal work. Leonard just turned down $36 million for next season, so he’s likely looking to bag a new deal within the same price range. The allure of playing his home games in the iconic Madison Square Garden could also be a factor in the Knicks’ chase for Kawhi.
The Mavs, on the other hand, are also a strong contender for Leonard’s signature. Luka Doncic is without a doubt one of the best players in the NBA today, and pairing him with Kawhi Leonard instantly makes Dallas a legitimate title contender.
While it might sound mind-boggling, there is actually a possibility that Leonard does a Kevin Durant and joins Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State. The Warriors already have more than enough firepower as it is, and adding Kawhi into the mix could spell another dynastic run for the Dubs.
Kawhi Leonard should be making his decision in the coming days, and for the Clippers faithful, they’re still hoping for some form of loyalty from their cornerstone superstar.