May 25, 2019
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Kawhi Leonard to Lakers: LeBron James told of main reason Raptors star would SNUB move – Express


That’s the opinion of ESPN’s Tim Leggier, who believes Leonard’s best bet would be to re-sign in Toronto.The 27-year-old will be one of the most coveted free agents this summer, with a number of teams hoping to lure him away from Toronto.The Raptors hold a slight edge in the fact they can offer him a max five-year, $190million contract while any other team can only offer him as much as $141m over four years.It was reported at the time Leonard was traded to Toronto that he still favoured returning to Los Angeles, with the Lakers a possible destination.But Legler believes the Raptors are the best fit for Leonard.”I thought all along he had a great chance to stay,” he said on The Dan Patrick Show.”To try and figure out a guy who doesn’t really talk, I don’t know how you come up with any sort of indicator on where he’s leaning.”Here’s what I thought from the time he got there: This is a city where he’s going to really find himself comfortable.Kawhi Leonard is being linked with joining LeBron James at the Lakers (Image: GETTY)Kawhi Leonard is currently aiming to lead the Raptors to the NBA Finals (Image: GETTY)”He’s also going to find himself in a comfortable situation from he standpoint that he doesn’t have the media hoard and the intense scrutiny that he’s going to get in a lot of cities in the U.S. where he is now going to have to answer a lot of questions.”He doesn’t want to deal with that and I think he’s in a good place with a city that loves their team.”He’s going to be beloved and revered playing there.”They’re going to be good, they’re well coached, but he doesn’t have to deal with a lot of the things he’s going to have deal with like L.A. as the top guy.Kawhi Leonard can earn more money by re-signing with the Raptors (Image: GETTY)”If he goes in the shadow of another player like LeBron, it’s different.”He’ll take on all of that responsibility and Kawhi can be very comfortable riding shotgun.”It doesn’t seem like that’s what he wants. I think he’s a guy that wants to be at the top of the food chain on his team.”Toronto seems like a great team for his personality.”
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