Lakers Reportedly In Strong Position To Sign Kawhi Leonard

The Raptors are still favored to sign Kawhi Leonard but the Clippers and Lakers are making a serious push to land him.

FS1's Chris Broussard reported that the Lakers are Leonard's first choice but The Klaw has some requests for them:

"I'm being told the Lakers are Kawhi Leonard's first choice. He and his camp spoke with Magic yesterday and laid out what they want from the Lakers. Nothing crazy, just some additions to the staff and asking 'Is Kawhi going to be treated like LeBron in the organization?' and all of that. As long as Jeanie doesn't do anything to screw it up in the meeting I'm told that's his first choice."

Former NBA player Kendrick Perkins (who previously said that Kevin Durant could sign with the Nets) revealed that the Clippers met with Leonard last night:

"Just heard that Kawhi is meeting with the Clippers tonight but the Lakers hold the upper hand, unless Doc work his Magic tonight it's looking very strong that Kawhi will be in Purple and Gold!!!"

The Raptors acquired Leonard in a trade with the Spurs last year and he led them to their first NBA Championship after an epic playoff run. This is what he had to say about his journey this past year:

"A lot of people doubted me, thought I was either faking an injury or didn’t want to play for a team. That was disappointing to me."

Leonard is the first player to win NBA Finals MVP in both conferences. He won the award for the first time in 2014 with the Spurs, when he beat LeBron James and the then two-time defending champion Heat.

Kawhi Leonard's Team For Game 1 of the 2019-20 NBA Season?
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Toronto Raptors +145

Los Angeles Clippers +190

Los Angeles Lakers +250

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