Leonard expected to re-sign with Raptors on shorter deal

All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to the first championship in franchise history this past season.

All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard is likely to sign a short-term contract with the Toronto Raptors after the season, as relayed by the True Hoop newsletter, managed by long-time NBA insider Henry Abbott.

Leonard, 27, will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Raptors are making their first appearance in the Finals and hold a 1-0 lead over the Golden State Warriors.

Leonard has strongly been linked to both the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the Raptors, when it comes to his next destinations. Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined by the league Friday for complimentary comments about Leonard, and it’s been widely reported the Clippers have been scouting Raptors games.

Lakers star LeBron James is also expected to try to recruit Leonard once the season ends.

Leonard averaged 26.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 60 regular-season games. He is averaging 30.7 points and 8.8 boards during the playoffs.

The No. 15 overall draft pick in 2011, Leonard is a career 50-percent shooter.

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