How Kawhi Leonard Waiting to Sign Could Actually Eliminate the Lakers Chances

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball on offense against the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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While I'm sure the Los Angeles Lakers will be in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes until the very end, they would've loved the superstar free agent to make his decision today, which apparently isn't happening, if you trust Cris Carter.

The reason why? The NBA's moratorium on signs and trades will be lifted tomorrow, making that Anthony Davis deal with the New Orleans Pelicans official.

Once the Davis deal becomes official, the Lakers will lose some money they can spend on their roster. Ideally, they'd love to get all their deals done, including Kawhi Leonard, before the AD deal becomes official, but it doesn't look like that will happen at this point.

With Kawhi continuing to keep these teams on their heels (Lakers, Clippers and Raptors), they can't spend money and add to their roster, which certainly hurts a Lakers' squad that lacks depth.

Toronto appears to be the favorite to land Kawhi right now, but it's hard to count the Lakers out. However, for the betterment of their team, they might need to ramp up their talks with other players and potential trade targets just in case Leonard signs elsewhere.