Kawhi Leonard Still Undecided In Free Agency Amid Conflicting Reports

Kawhi Leonard Free Agency Update

Getty Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors watches a MLB game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Despite ESPN’s Jalen Rose coming out and saying his sources were telling him there was a “99% chance” Kawhi Leonard was staying in Toronto on a two-year deal, one of the most reliable Kawhi Leonard sources came out and debunked that myth. Cris Carter – yes NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter – has been known over the years for his reliable stream of information and a close connection to Kawhi Leonard and his camp.

Following Rose’s report on ESPN, NBA Twitter exploded with numerous unfounded reports that Leonard was signing with the Raptors and Carter decided to jump in and help set the record straight on where things actually stood.

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Kawhi Leonard Still Undecided In Free Agency Amid Conflicting Reports, Says Cris Carter

Given Carter’s long and reliable track record on Kawhi Leonard, his report that all three teams are still being considered is much more believable than Leonard already settling on a two year deal with the Raptors. It would make little sense for Leonard to dedicate as much time to meetings in Los Angeles as he did only to make a decision within hours of returning to Toronto.

Toronto may have already made their official pitch but there is likely a ton of more information for Leonard to sift through before he makes his final decision. As Carter says, this could be a while and it isn’t worth holding your breath for the signing to take place in the immediate future.


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Aside from their pursuit of Kawhi Leonard, the Lakers have made a few free agency signings in order to help bolster their depth so far. The first move was to sign Troy Daniels – a proven sharpshooter – to the roster to add shooting depth. Since then the Lakers promoted rookie Zach Norvell Jr. to a two-way deal as well as bringing defensive pitbull Jared Dudley into the mix.

The Lakers also hold the restricted free agency rights to both Alex Caruso and Jonathan Williams, two-way standouts from last season who steadily improved as the season went on. However, as exciting of a player as Caruso might be, he isn’t cut out to be an everyday starter in the NBA and is best suited (at least until he proves otherwise) that he is a better fit off the bench. This leaves the Lakers still out in the cold to find themselves a point guard – and true center – in a now limited free agent market.

Rajon Rondo is still available as is former Warriors point guard Quinn Cook. Both look to be strong fits in the Lakers system as Rondo has experience (and success) playing alongside new Laker Anthony Davis while Cook looks to be a quality off-ball shooting point guard that could help space the floor.

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