Adrian Wojnarowski thinks Kawhi Leonard re-signing with Raptors is ‘a serious consideration now’
The Raptors are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and currently tied with the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the playoffs at 2-2.
Before the 2018-19 season started, pretty much everyone thought Leonard was going to be a rental player for the Raptors since he reportedly wanted the San Antonio Spurs to trade him to one of the teams in Los Angeles.
However, after Toronto had a stellar regular season and the medical staff took care of Leonard’s body and minutes well, Wojnarowski believes the Raptors have made pretty good progress with Leonard and his camp.
“Kawhi Leonard just felt all along, it was going to take the full year to sell him on Toronto,” Wojnarowski said on the Woj Pod. “It wasn’t going to be done in training camp or by Christmas or by the trade deadline.
“But I do think they’ve made progress with him. I do think they’ve made pretty good progress with him from the sense I have. They put themselves in it. And when Kawhi showed up there, I’m not sure he imagined any future in Toronto. I do think it’s a serious consideration now.”
Leonard becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer once he declines his 2019-20 player option with the Raptors. The three-time All-Star has been heavily linked to the Clippers, who have cap space to sign two max contract players this offseason.
Leonard averaged 26.6 points during the regular season while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.