Kawhi Leonard discussed joining forces with Kevin Durant on the Los Angeles Clippers, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Former NBA player Kendrick Perkins also noted on The Brian Windhorst Podcast that the duo spoke about teaming up and the Clippers were the “number one priority.”
This could only be seen as a positive sign for the Clippers as Leonard thought enough of the franchise to try to recruit Durant to join him. The counter-argument is Durant headed to Brooklyn, and Leonard would be without another star if he signed with the Clippers. Windhorst’s exchange with Perkins about Leonard’s communication with Durant is detailed below.
BW: “One thing that is a little piece of information from the last week. I was told that…I feel confident about this, that Kawhi and Kevin Durant spoke before KD went ahead [and committed to the Nets].”
KP: “They spoke about joining teams, possibly joining together, and I think the Clippers was the number one priority. But I think that it was just a little back and forth.”
BW: “I think KD kinda paused a little bit and was like ‘Hey, let’s consider this for a minute.’ Then he went through with his plan.”
KP: “Yeah, absolutely and that’s exactly how it went.”
BW: “So, that leads me to wonder whether or not Kawhi would like to have another star player with him in Los Angeles with the Clippers.”
Kawhi Is Interested in the Clippers Finding Another Star to Pair With Him
Windhorst later reported on ESPN that Leonard is looking to see if the Clippers can add a star to pair with him. The challenge is there are limited options available, especially with all of the major stars signed with other teams. Windhorst also detailed on the podcast what Leonard’s pitch to Durant could have entailed.
“With the Clippers, which is home and he has some interest, there is some with what they can be,” Windhorst noted. “That’s why I was thinking he might have talked to KD about what they can be. He wasn’t talking about KD coming to the Lakers or coming to the Raptors.”
Kawhi Has Reportedly Completed Meetings With All 3 Teams & Is Undecided
Multiple reports indicate that Leonard flew back to Toronto to have a meeting with the Raptors. It is believed to have been the final meeting Leonard had with the three teams. Fox Sports’ Cris Carter reported that Leonard is “undecided” and still considering the Lakers, Clippers and Raptors.
“A LOT of premature reports out there. Kawhi has NOT made his decision yet & all 3 teams are still in it. Yes, Lakers and Clippers are still in play and I’m ? certain of this. I wouldn’t hold my breath on getting an answer any time soon. Kawhi still undecided. #Kawhiwatch,” Carter tweeted.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Leonard may continue to take his time in making a decision. No exact date has been set for an announcement and Leonard’s decision could stretch out a few more days.