NBA Free Agency Predictions for Kawhi Leonard

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors speaks with the media following his teams victory over the Golden State Warriors to winGame 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 Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Everybody knows that the Toronto Raptors were not Kawhi Leonard's preferred team when he requested a trade from the Spurs in 2018. But now, with a second championship and Finals MVP under his belt, where does "The North" stand in terms of potential landing spots for The Klaw?

Kawhi Leonard Free Agency Predictions

The Lakers, Knicks, Clippers, and Nets have all also been coined as teams that Leonard will reportedly consider signing with this summer, but which of the bunch has the best chances at adding him/changing their franchise?

4. New York Knicks

TORONTO,ONTARIO - JUNE 10:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors plays against Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. 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 Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant's injury stuck a dagger into the hearts of Knicks fans, who assumed their franchise was the leader to sign the 10-time All-Star. But, there's still a chance. If the Knicks draft R.J. Barrett and can land KD, Leonard should absolutely take a good, hard look at the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden with a fellow superstar and an intriguing, young roster, waiting one season for the true plan to come to fruition.

3. Los Angeles Lakers

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers puts pressure on Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 118-115. 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. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Ka-why not? The Lakers were Leonard's reported preferred destination when his trade demands from San Antonio first became public. That did change, however, when LeBron James signed with the Purple and Gold last summer. But, if Kawhi is looking to strengthen his legacy with more championships, teaming up with LBJ and Anthony Davis in La La Land seems like a no-brainer. We already know that Rob Pelinka and Co. are going to give it a go.

2. Toronto Raptors

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13:  Kyle Lowry #7 and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates his teams win over the Golden State Warriors in Game Six to win 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 Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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There are two ways to look at what hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy with the Raptors did for their chances to retain Leonard. Toronto either made the most compelling argument possible to convince him to stay, or allowed him to depart scot-free as a Raptors legend. It's also worth noting that the franchise can also offer him up to a five-year, $189.6 million deal, if Kawhi is chasing money.

1. Los Angeles Clippers

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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For starters, Leonard is from Southern California, played high school ball at King High School in Riverside, California, and college basketball at San Diego State. The Clippers were also one of the teams Leonard preferred at the time of his rift with San Antonio's front office, not to mention that the franchise has been linked with him for months. On top of it all, the Clippers have the money to offer him a max contract, and Doc Rivers' roster is filled with players that complement Kawhi's style of play, much like Toronto's did. Those are a lot of relevant dynamics that play into the extreme favor of GM Michael Winger.