Kawhi Leonard to meet with Lakers, Clippers

Raptors president'confident Leonard will return to champs

Another player to keep an eye on is Kawhi Leonard.

The current roster complements Leonard's style and the city, and even country, look at him as a national hero. The Toronto Raptors, however, must quickly pivot toward winning another one in 12 months' time.

The long waiting game on his future will soon come to an end.

So, where do the National Basketball Association champion Toronto Raptors go from here?

"I don't know the percentage (of chance that Leonard stays)", Green said recently, via Sportsnet. "I think we have to respect him for that decision that he has to make".

The NBA's annual free agency period doesn't officially start until Sunday at 6 p.m. ET, but we've already seen plenty of action.

"We have been intrigued by the energy and feel-good factor generated by the Raptors this season - culminating in their ascent to the ongoing NBA Finals", Peter Mayers, Director of BTMI in Canada said in a statement. Teams have a ton of money to spend overall.

Leonard is expected to become a free agent once the period opens and is going to draw interest from some of the top teams in the league.

Last July, the Toronto Raptors president wiped away stress sweat as he answered for the huge gamble he had just taken.

Leonard would be the Lakers' best player but treated as their third.

Between a digital billboard campaign and a reported meeting with their front office, the Los Angeles Clippers are doing everything they can to convince Leonard of picking the latter option.

"I wouldn't call it stress or anxiety", said Webster on Sportsnet 590 the FAN Thursday morning. The Toronto crowd wants him to stay and for up to five years more if possible. I think that's the fair way and the tight way when things like this do happen.

It was part of a significant retooling in the wake of another early playoff exit. As talented as he is, there are some that felt the idea of giving a almost 30-year-old guard a five-year max. deal isn't a good idea, but it is increasingly looking like that's where Philadelphia might have to go if it is to ward off the suitors that have emerged for Jimmy Buckets. Jefferson helped Duke win an NCAA title in 2015.

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