The Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes is already heating up even with the NBA regular season only a month old.
Despite previous reports that touched on Leonard's interest in joining the Los Angeles Lakers, a recent update from ESPN NBA writer Tim Bontemps suggests that Leonard is more interested in playing for the other Los Angeles team.
Clippers are “universally being placed ahead” of the Lakers in Kawhi sweepstakes, Leonard would prefer control of his own team over joining LeBron, per @TimBontempshttps://t.co/XnDg3c3h07 pic.twitter.com/ItyKOHdwPJ— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 5, 2018
If Leonard were to join the Clippers in the offseason, he would still be playing second fiddle to LeBron in the city of Los Angeles, since the Lakers will always be the most relevant basketball team in the city of Angels.
Despite growing up in the heart of Laker country, Kawhi Leonard was an Allen Iverson fan. That willingness to be different is, in part, what gives Toronto confidence it can keep Leonard from returning to Southern California as a free agent next summer. https://t.co/TEVvlNFlFZ— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 5, 2018
Perhaps Leonard shocks everyone this summer and stays in Toronto. But for now, his logic seems flawed.
As Kawhi's team continues to float reports to gauge public perception, he also hopes to lead the Raps to the Finals. Remember, Toronto, you willingly walked into this distraction.