Free agent forward Kawhi Leonard isn’t likely to make his decision on where he’ll sign next season for a few more days, according to Jabari Young of The Athletic.
The entire NBA universe is guessing where the Finals MVP may land next after leading the Toronto Raptors to the championship. Leonard, 28, has completed visits with the Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers — the three teams in the running to sign him.
Meanwhile, FS1 analyst Cris Carter, who shares an agent with Leonard, stated the same as Young when it comes to Leonard’s decision.
“Kawhi has not made his decision yet and all three teams are still in it,” Carter tweeted. “Yes, the Lakers and Clippers are still in play and I’m 100 percent certain of this. I wouldn’t hold my breath on getting an answer any time soon. Kawhi still undecided.”
That last part appears obvious, as Leonard’s decision is having an impact on everyone’s next move — both for fellow free agents and the teams looking to sign them.
Earlier Wednesday, former NBA guard and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said he is “99 percent hearing” that Leonard will return to the Raptors on a two-year deal.
“While Rose has been right about Leonard in the past, he’s not typically a news-breaker, so it’s probably not safe to treat his latest report as gospel quite yet,” Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors pointed out. “Leonard’s camp has been tight-lipped throughout the process — until they make an official announcement or leak word of Kawhi’s decision to a trusted reporter, we’re not jumping to any conclusions.”
Leonard averaged 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in the 24 playoff games with the Raptors this past season. He averaged 26.6 points in 60 regular-season games.