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All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard may not make a commitment in free agency until the end of the week, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Leonard was named Finals MVP after leading the Toronto Raptors to their first championship and following the commitments of bigger names such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) and Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics), Leonard is the last star standing.
“I’m told he is going to continue to take his time. … the teams who are involved are expecting that this could go even late into the week,” Wojnarowski said during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up.
Along with the Raptors, it is believed the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are in contention to land Leonard.
“Leonard has spoken to Magic Johnson several times about the Lakers, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner, and there has also been a conversation with GM Rob Pelinka,” Dana Gauruder of Hoops Rumors wrote.
Former NBA center Kenrdick Perkins tweeted Monday that Leonard had lined up a meeting with the Clippers.
Perkins later added: “Just heard that Kawhi is meeting with the Clippers tonight but the Lakers hold the upper hand, unless Doc work his Magic tonight it’s looking very strong that Kawhi will be in Purple and Gold!!!”
Leonard averaged 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 60 regular-season games with the Raptors.