Rumor: Brian Windhorst on ‘a lot of people’ thinking Kawhi Leonard won’t re-sign with Raptors
Kawhi Leonard could quite possibly have one foot out the door in Toronto amid their postseason run. But to be fair, his poker face leaves utter speculation around the NBA. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on “The Jump” Wednesday that nobody can say for certain which direction he will finally lead with in the offseason (h/t E.Jay Zarett of Sporting News).
“Here’s the thing, a lot of people in the NBA think that Kawhi is out of there,” Windhorst said.
“It’s not because of anything the Raptors did. It’s just that Kawhi kind of wants to be on the West Coast. The difficulty is that Kawhi doesn’t really articulate his feelings to people. … It’s difficult to read. It’s difficult for them to read, who have spent every day obsessing about it for months.”
Leonard, 27, was acquired by the Toronto Raptors via trade from the San Antonio Spurs after a “demanding” last summer. It’s clear to most that the three-time All-Star’s journey to reaching his desired destination of Los Angeles is all but over. He could join either the Lakers or Clippers in 2019-20, both of which could pay him close to $20 million next year.
But Leonard continues to live in the moment before judgment day.
“As long as I have on a jersey I want to play basketball,” Leonard told reporters in September. “I came here with an open mind. I want to do great things so I’m going to make sure that I put my full effort on the court each and every night.”
Leonard and the Raptors are currently tied 1-1 with the Orlando Magic in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs.