Analyst Favors Two Teams To Sign Kawhi Leonard In Free Agency

Friday, May 24, 2019 4:56 PM UTC

Friday, May. 24, 2019 4:56 PM UTC

Kawhi Leonard has the Raptors one win away from the NBA Finals and he will be a top free agent target for a number of teams, including the Clippers, Knicks, Lakers and a potential return to Toronto isn't entirely out of the question.

<p>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.</p><p>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 <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank">NBA</a> 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.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Kawhi Leonard has 7 35-point games in these playoffs.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Over the last 20 seasons, the only other player with 7 35-point games before the NBA Finals? LeBron James. 3 different times.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Kawhi is having one heck of a postseason. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/M776kiudUv\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/M776kiudUv&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— ESPN Stats &amp;amp; Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/1131758683745128450?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 24, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>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.</p><p><em>"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."</em></p><p><em>"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."</em></p><p>During the same show he later said that the Raptors have <em>"a chance"</em> and then stated they <em>"might have a slight edge."</em></p><p><em>"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."</em></p><p>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.</p><p><strong><u>Eastern Conference Finals Series Odds: No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 2 Toronto Raptors<br />(Courtesy of <a href="https://a.sportsbookreview.com/record/v?c=133&amp;a=f3f21e61-d9f3-4f0e-b0e8-170a0846bc18&amp;f=3" target="_blank">BetOnline</a>)</u></strong></p><p>Toronto Raptors: -225</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks: +195</p><p><strong><u>Odds to Win the NBA Championship</u></strong></p><p>Warriors -275</p><p>Raptors +400</p><p>Bucks +800</p><p><strong><u>Series Price for Potential Warriors vs. Bucks NBA Finals</u></strong></p><p>Warriors -205</p><p>Bucks +175</p><p><strong><u>Series Price for Potential Warriors vs. Raptors NBA Finals</u></strong></p><p>Warriors -330</p><p>Raptors +275</p><p><strong><u>Bucks vs. Raptors Results and Schedule</u></strong></p><p>Game 1: Bucks won 108-100</p><p>Game 2: Bucks won 125-103</p><p>Game 3: Raptors won 118-12</p><p>Game 4: Raptors won 118-12</p><p>Game 5: Raptors won 105-99</p><p>Game 6: Saturday, May 25 at 8:30 PM ET (If necessary)</p><p>Game 7: Monday, May 27 at 8:30 PM ET (If necessary)</p><p><strong><u>Will Drake's Apparel Have a Hood?</u></strong></p><p>No -130</p><p>Yes +100</p><p><u><strong>Drake Touches Nick Nurse During Game 6 Broadcast</strong></u></p><p>No -500</p><p>Yes +300</p><p><strong><u>Giannis Antetokounmpo Missed Free-Throws</u></strong></p><p>Over 3.5 free-throws -110</p><p>Under 3.5 free-throws -110</p><p><strong><u>Giannis Antetokounmpo Speaks to Drake During Game 6</u></strong></p><p>No -700</p><p>Yes +400</p><p><strong><u>NBA on TNT Staff Say "Drake" During Halftime Show</u></strong></p><p>No -300</p><p>Yes +200</p><p><u><strong>NBA Publicly Warns Drake About Courtside Behavior</strong></u></p><p>No -2500</p><p>Yes +750</p><p><strong><u>Will Drake Be Removed From Game 6 by Security?</u></strong></p><p>No -3500</p><p>Yes +900</p>
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