The Los Angeles Clippers had been seen for months because the heavy favorites to amass Kawhi Leonard. The Toronto Raptors appear to now have simply as a lot of an opportunity to signal the 2019 NBA Finals MVP after he led the franchise to its first-ever championship. The Los Angeles Lakers are an possibility for Leonard, as effectively, given his affinity for Southern California.
Up till very not too long ago, there weren’t any experiences linking Leonard and the New York Knicks. A lot of the rumors in regards to the Knicks concerned Kevin Durant, who many have assumed is headed to the Massive Apple this summer time.
With Durant recovering from a ruptured Achilles that can in all probability pressure him to overlook all of subsequent season, there’s elevated hypothesis that the Knicks may very well be actual gamers for Leonard. New York stays removed from the seemingly touchdown spot for Leonard, however the concept the Knicks are a potential vacation spot for the famous person has picked up a number of steam.
It began shortly earlier than Durant returned for Recreation 5 of the finals when Newsday’s Steve Popper reported that the Knicks deliberate to “push onerous” for Leonard in free company. The New York Put up’s Marc Berman reported that Knicks president Steve Mills and common supervisor Scott Perry anticipated to, on the very least, get a gathering with Leonard this summer time.
A number of days later, FOX Sports activities’ Cris Carter reported that the Knicks have an actual shot to signal Leonard. Carter has since reported that the Raptors, Clippers, Lakers, Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will all be in play for Leonard this offseason.
On Monday, former NBA participant and present agent B.J. Armstrong stated by way of Stadium that he’s listening to the Knicks are “within the fold” for Leonard.
.@criscarter80: the Knicks have an actual shot to land Kawhi and KD _ pic.twitter.com/lAwbq9nTr2
— First Issues First (@FTFonFS1) June 10, 2019
"I'm additionally beginning to hear the Knicks are within the fold."
B. J. Armstrong says the New York Knicks may very well be a potential touchdown spot for Kawhi Leonard. pic.twitter.com/iSgeI8a3NH
— Stadium (@Stadium) June 18, 2019
From @ricbucher w/us on @FoxSportsRadio – 'Everybody I've talked to tells me the Clippers are the leaders within the clubhouse for Kawhi Leonard. The Knicks anticipate to have a dialog with him, and I've heard the 76ers not too long ago talked about for the primary time.'
— Jason Smith (@howaboutafresca) June 18, 2019
Possibly it shouldn’t come as a shock that the Knicks are reputable contenders within the Kawhi Leonard Sweepstakes. When Leonard was nonetheless with the San Antonio Spurs final 12 months, ESPN reported that his camp would possibly need him to play in New York.
There was hypothesis that Leonard and Durant would possibly staff up with the Clippers. The Knicks have sufficient cap house to signal each gamers. Leonard may very well be the staff’s lone star earlier than Durant is able to play once more in 2020.
New York has had designs of pairing Durant and Kyrie Irving collectively. All indications are that Irving is headed to the Nets, and the guard is reportedly making an attempt to persuade Durant to affix him.
If the Knicks aren’t capable of signal Durant, touchdown Leonard would salvage a much-anticipated offseason that’s rapidly wanting prefer it may very well be a catastrophe for New York.