Is it Kawhi Leonard or bust for the Lakers now?

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Is it Kawhi Leonard or bust for the Lakers now?

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.

"There is a rumor that Kawhi is leaning towards the Lakers".

For the time being, the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors should each still be considered in the running to sign the two-way star. After initial reports suggested he was "seriously considering re-signing" with the team, Fox Sports later reported the Raptors' chances of retaining Leonard are "fading" and the likelihood of him heading to Los Angeles is increasingly possible.

While almost all of the big name free agents have already committed to new contracts, Leonard has yet to commit to a team.

According to David Jacoby, he feels that the Lakers might actually be benefitting from Kawhi's prolonged free agency decision.

The Lakers, who have cleared enough salary cap space, to make a top offer for the two-time NBA Finals MVP, have a chance to form a super team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Leonard has always been tied to Los Angeles, as he grew up in southern California and played basketball in the area and even attended San Diego State for two years before joining the NBA.

The Clipper are a threat to land Leonard as well. The Lakers need to find a starting-caliber point guard as well as a true center - as Davis is a natural power forward. He elevated his play in the playoffs, averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on 49% shooting from the field, helping the Raptors win their first ever National Basketball Association championship.

For anyone hoping that we can get hard, firm Kawhi Leonard news in time to enjoy July 4th and all the trimmings in peace and tranquility, sorry it won't be that easy.

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