Report: Kawhi asks for Jeanie, Magic in meeting
NBA.com Global on Jun 29, 2019 08:04 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on May 19, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Thursday that Kawhi Leonard is expected to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers first once free agency opens on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Now we know who he hopes to be chatting with. According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Leonard made a personal request that his meeting with the Lakers only include owner Jeanie Buss and former president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.
Kawhi Leonard will speak to the Los Angeles Lakers in the next few days and has made a personal request that only owner Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson, the team's former president of basketball operations, be involved in the meeting, sources told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Leonard did not opt in to the final year of his contract with the Raptors, making him an unrestricted free agent.
But ESPN's Ramona Shelborne points out that Johnson isn't permitted to be part of official team meetings with prospective free agents:
Magic Johnson says he will help the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency in any way he can, but he is not permitted by NBA rules to be part of official team meetings with prospective free agents. Johnson said he has not been asked by the Lakers or owner Jeanie Buss to participate.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 28, 2019
In lieu of Johnson, it has been reported by Sam Amick of The Athletic that Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be part of the meeting.
With the Lakers now expected to land a Kawhi Leonard meeting, a source tells @TheAthletic that LeBron James AND Anthony Davis are planning on being part of the formal pitch.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 28, 2019