Despite early success, Raptors’ Leonard still has eye on LA

Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors have been at or near the top of the Eastern Conference all season.

Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors are the perfect match so far, with Leonard often looking like the East’s best player and the Raptors holding down the conference’s top spot.

But according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Leonard continues to keep Los Angeles as potential destination. Leonard was traded to the Raptors from the San Antonio Spurs before the season. The All-Star forward will enter free agency in July.

“They can’t change the geography,” Wojnarowski said during a recent broadcast. “They can’t change the weather in Toronto. Those were always be things against them in this. Home and LA has been the focus for Kawhi Leonard through all of this.”

Of the two LA teams, Leonard has been linked most to the Clippers. Reports have said he would prefer not to play next to Lakers starĀ LeBron James in a “sidekick” role.

The Clippers are also expected to have two max salary slots available after the season, and according to one report, intend to pursue Leonard and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.

Meanwhile, the Raptors remain a bit nervous about their chances of resigning Leonard after the season, Wojnarowski reported.

Then again, should the Raptors win it all, maybe a championship ring will supersede the idea of playing in his hometown, which will still be there when he retires.

Leonard is averaging 26.0 points and 8.2 rebounds in his first season with Toronto.

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