Report: Raptors expected to get final pitch to Leonard

NBA.com Global on Jun 29, 2019 07:33 AM
Report: Raptors expected to get final pitch to Leonard
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on prior to the game against the Boston Celtics on October 19, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA.com staff report

Kawhi Leonard is the reigning Finals MVP and just took the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship. He is also a player expected to command a lot of attention in free agency this summer.

It is unclear exactly which teams Leonard will speak with at this point. What does seem clear at this point -- per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski -- is that Leonard is expected to let the Raptors go after all the other teams in terms of making their pitch to him.

Here's more from Wojnarowski:

Free agent Kawhi Leonard is expected to allow the Toronto Raptors to make the final presentation among the teams meeting with him in Los Angeles next week, league sources tell ESPN.

The incumbent often prefers to go last in trying to convince a player to stay with the team.

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Raptors president Masai Ujiri said earlier this week that he texted with Leonard as recently as Monday and talked to Leonard's uncle and adviser, Dennis Robertson, on Tuesday. Ujiri said he's "confident" Leonard will decide to return to Toronto.

"We'll wait. He's our player and he's a superstar on our team and we'll wait on that," Ujiri said.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported yesterday that Leonard is expected to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers first once free agency opens on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).

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