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Rumor: Kawhi Leonard’s free-agency decision will come down to Raptors, Clippers

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Kawhi Leonard’s impending decision this summer will likely narrow down to two teams, as The Klaw is expected to choose between staying with the Toronto Raptors or bolting for his hometown LA Clippers.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explained that Leonard could take meetings with teams that could pay him his much-awaited max contract, but ultimately would be narrowed down to two front-runners:

“I think teams like New York, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, teams who potentially have significant cap space, he might take meetings with them,” Wojnarowski said of Leonard as a guest on ESPN’s “Get Up!” “But I think by the time you get to July 1, typically players have a really strong idea about where they’re gonna go and usually their eyes are not getting opened in a one- or two-hour meeting with a team they haven’t given great consideration to. I think this is Clippers and Raptors.

“The Raptors can pay him more, they can pay him a $200-million-plus deal if he wants to stay in Toronto.”

There is the belief that a large part of his free-agent decision will hinge on whether the Raptors can show championship potential or not, though others have shut down this notion, pointing out that he left a championship-level organization in the San Antonio Spurs for one that had repeatedly come short of reaching the NBA Finals.

Some believe Kawhi Leonard had his mind made up from the start to go back to his hometown of Los Angeles, but there is still time for him to weigh that decision as the postseason rolls along.