If the Lakers manage to acquire Leonard, they would dominate the league to no end.
Leonard has not indicated his position, which has led Toronto fans to offer their own incentives to keep him in the city and with the Raptors. Carter is also reporting that Leonard is not interested in signing a one or two year contract.
Interest is so high in Leonard's impending decision a local Toronto news station is reportedly tracking his every move, including his private jet travel, as the video clip below shows, to get a gauge on what he might do.
Leonard turned down his player option for 2019-20, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent, which set off a frenzy of teams officially interested in his services. While details about other players' leanings quickly leaked, Leonard's preferred destination - Raptors?
"There was one interesting question (Leonard) had for Magic: 'Did you guys try to trade for me when I was in San Antonio?'" Turner said on Spectrum Sportsnet. Even if Leonard wasn't from the west coast, who could blame him for wanting to leave Toronto for the warm weather of Southern California?
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Which team seems like the most likely destination for Kawhi Leonard?
The Lakers, meanwhile, acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans last month in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first round picks.
Leonard was the poster boy for load management this past year.
The 11-year veteran averaged 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists last season.
The Brooklyn Nets have instantly joined the Sixers in the hunt to be crowned as the kings of the Eastern Conference, adding Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to their young and improving roster. But it raises the question that why do the Lakers needs Leonard then? An All-World trio of Leonard, James, and Davis would wreak havoc across the National Basketball Association until LeBron's eventual retirement. He followed that with a consistent strong performer and was named the most valuable player for the finals in the Raptors' defeat of the reigning Golden State Warriors.