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Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry doesn’t want to get involved with star forward Kawhi Leonard’s looming free agency.
Lowry indicated, after all, that is not his role.
“Nothing else matters but (Leonard’s) happiness,” Lowry told The Athletic. “That’s how I am, because our brotherhood is too small for us to say this, that and the other (about another player’s free agency decision).
“Our brotherhood in the NBA is really tiny, and we really all appreciate and support and want each other happy. That’s where it is with me and that situation. I just want him to be happy.”
Leonard and shooting guard Danny Green arrived in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs during the offseason. The Raptors made the deal knowing Leonard could be a one-year rental, as he can opt out of his contract at season’s end.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Leonard still has his eyes on his hometown of Los Angeles — and more specifically, the Los Angeles Clippers, who are likely to have two max salary slots after the season.
Of course, the Raptors will be able to pay Leonard, too. And they have been the Eastern Conference’s best team for much of the early season.
Still, Lowry doesn’t know what the future might hold.
“He’s our teammate. He’s a guy we talk to every day. He’s awesome,” Lowry said. “He’s enjoying being back on the floor playing basketball at a high level. That’s what he’s really enjoying.
“I don’t know (if Toronto fits him). That’s a question where his individualized personality is going to have to step in (and determine it).”