Leonard is putting together a playoff run for the ages and he’s carried the Raptors all season long while dealing with rumors about his future, since the team acquired him on a trade with the Spurs despite knowing that he was set to hit free agency at the end of the season.
The Raptors hoped Leonard could help them go far in the playoffs and that they can convince him to re-sign with them and now that making the NBA Finals is a real possibility, they might be able to keep him in Toronto but Leonard always keeps things to himself and he’s focused on the present.
FS1 analyst Cris Carter does think that Leonard’s free agency future will come down to two teams and on a recent episode of First Things First he signaled the Clippers and Knicks as frontrunners.
“I can believe there’s going to be three teams in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes. That being the Clippers, I know the Lakers would like to be, I don’t believe they’ll be able to get in there to be able to make a mark, and the Knicks.”
“I believe it’s a two-team race between the Clippers and the Knicks. The Raptors, I just believe, without a championship, Kawhi is a different person. Don’t get caught up into the emotion, don’t react to this the way you would react, try to think about Kawhi because he’s the person making a decision.”
During the same show he later said that the Raptors have “a chance” and then stated they “might have a slight edge.”
“Toronto does have a chance, so does New York, and so do the Clippers because he’s playing in Toronto and he is a loyalty guy, they might have a slight edge, but those other two teams got real possibilities.”
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that LeBron James has been in talks with Leonard and Jimmy Butler and a team led by James and Leonard would be extremely fun to watch but the popular belief is that the Clippers are Leonard’s favorite Los Angeles team.
Eastern Conference Finals Series Odds: No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 2 Toronto Raptors
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Toronto Raptors: -225
Milwaukee Bucks: +195
Odds to Win the NBA Championship
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Bucks vs. Raptors Results and Schedule
Game 1: Bucks won 108-100
Game 2: Bucks won 125-103
Game 3: Raptors won 118-12
Game 4: Raptors won 118-12
Game 5: Raptors won 105-99
Game 6: Saturday, May 25 at 8:30 PM ET (If necessary)
Game 7: Monday, May 27 at 8:30 PM ET (If necessary)
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