Kawhi Leonard Is On Top Of The World
Kawhi Leonard is on top of the world after winning a Championship with Toronto and being crowned Finals MVP. Leonard is the hottest player on the market right now with several big named teams begging for his abilities. The question is, where will he choose to play? Let us look at his top options.
The LA Clippers
The Clippers are an interesting team, and last year they won 48 games. Add Kawhi to that team, and the Clippers are an immediate contender. Supposedly Kawhi has always wanted to play in Southern California and has deep roots there. However, He would have a lot more competition in the Western Conference. Would he want to make it harder for himself to reach the Finals?
Clippers fans in LA are really making their pitch to Kawhi. (via @AndrewGreif) pic.twitter.com/uv1bL97SG5
— ESPN (@espn) June 24, 2019
The LA Lakers
Let me just say this now, Kawhi will not play with LeBron. Kawhi seems like the type of guy who wants to win his championships without multiple superstars on the roster. IF he went to the Lakers, they would be a lock for the title. Kawhi, LeBron, Davis, and Kuzma would be enough to get the Lakers to the promised land. This would for sure be an exciting team to watch, but unlikely to happen.
Kawhi doesn’t want to play with LeBron pic.twitter.com/hOtEAQnBY5
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) June 24, 2019
The Dallas Mavericks
Yes, the Dallas Mavericks are in the mix to sign Kawhi. The team has a ton of cap room, a great coach, and a young star in Luka Doncic. There is a lot to like about this young Mavs team, except for the fact that they don’t have solid bench players. Signing Kawhi and possibly convincing Porzingis to stay would make the Mavs a threat.
A person very close to the #Mavs just told me that Dallas is expecting to get a meeting with unrestricted free agent @kawhileonard
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) June 24, 2019
The Toronto Raptors
Why would Kawhi leave the Raptors? The entire country is now bowing down to him, and the roster is basically staying the same. If no major changes are done to the Raptors, then they should be the favorite to emerge from the East yet again. Staying with the Raptors is his best chance of winning another Championship.
This really all comes down to a lifestyle choice for Kawhi. Any team he goes to will make them a title contender. It just comes down to where he will feel most comfortable playing the smart move would be to sign a two-three year deal. This would allow him to re-evaluate his decision after a few years and possibly move on.
Connor Strayer (CouchGuyBigC19)