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Report: Raptors officials have become increasingly confident of re-signing Kawhi Leonard

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Toronto Raptors officials have reportedly become increasingly confident the franchise can re-sign star small forward Kawhi Leonard this summer, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca.

Leonard becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer once he declines his 2019-20 player option with the Raptors.

Behind the scenes, many Toronto Raptors officials have become increasingly confident in the team’s chances of re-signing Kawhi Leonard this summer, sources tell TSN.

Building a relationship and establishing mutual trust with the enigmatic superstar hasn’t been a linear process. As the season’s unfolded, there have been a few bumps in the road and moments of doubt. But things appear to be trending in the right direction and the timing couldn’t be better, with the playoffs less than three weeks away and the start of free agency two and a half months after that.

The Raptors can offer Kawhi Leonard the most money in free agency and a fifth year on his contract.

In 54 games this season for the Raptors, Leonard is averaging 27.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is shooting 49.8 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line.

If Leonard decides not to re-sign with Toronto, many believe the All-Star will sign with the LA Clippers.