The Toronto Raptors are playing in their first ever NBA Finals, but a good majority of basketball fans throughout North America are still convinced that Kawhi Leonard will be playing for a team in Los Angeles next season, regardless of the outcome of the series.
Many people expected the Lakers to be the team leading the way, but most fans are convinced that if Leonard is going to Los Angeles it’s to join the Clippers, not the Lakers. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Clippers might have something sneaky planned as a way to try to convince Leonard to leave the Raptors during the offseason.
“The Los Angeles Clippers are said to have quietly looked into the feasibility of purchasing the portion of the rights to Leonard’s “Klaw” logo that is still owned by Nike. The Clippers did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but such an acquisition would theoretically enable them to bestow full control of the logo upon Leonard as part of their anticipated free-agency pitch meeting with the Toronto superstar.”
Stein also went on to point out that the money it would take for the NBA team to get Nike to sell the rights to New Balance would be way too steep, making it easier for the Clippers to use it as a way to try to lure Kawhi Leonard.
This isn’t the first time the Clippers have rejoined the Kawhi Leonard conversation over the past week or so, as head coach Doc Rivers recently praised Kawhi on air, which led to many fans thinking there was a hidden agenda behind his comments.
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(H/T UPROXX, New York Times)