TooAthletic Takes

With another NBA Championship ring and Finals MVP Trophy on his resume, Kawhi Leonard is now the healthiest and most coveted free agent in the NBA.  With some experts now believing Leonard will not want to be a third option behind LeBron and AD with the Lakers, the most likely landing spots for the soon-to-be 28-year-old are the Clippers or Raptors.  For me the choice is simple, and I think for Leonard, he will agree and stay north of the border in Toronto.

Everyone thought that Kawhi Leonard was crazy for wanting out of San Antonio; “chemistry, culture, atmosphere” are all the words associated with the Spurs thanks to their head coach Gregg Popovich.  Yet Leonard lost faith in the franchise while he was still there and nursing an injury, as a result, the Spurs traded him to Toronto, which led to their magical championship run.  The strange part is that Popovich and Leonard are very much alike in a major way, they both march to their own drum; which is probably why the two of them never seems to get along, and why the Toronto Raptors are now NBA Champions. 

The allure of Kawhi Leonard playing for the Los Angeles Clippers is going to be strong; he is from Riverside, California meaning that winning in LA would be like winning in his hometown.  Also, if he won in LA, he would be a part of the Clippers first championship in franchise history; a feat he just achieved in Toronto.

For my money however, Leonard should stay in Toronto.  He is already able to walk across Lake Ontario without getting his feet wet, and the Raptors roster, with the likes of Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet is better than the Clippers heading into next year.  Also, I think Kawhi Leonard likes being out of the limelight most of the season; something being in Toronto affords him.  Yeah, I know, it is slightly colder by Lake Ontario that the Pacific Ocean in the winter months; however, I am pretty sure if the rumors are true that Leonard did buy property in Toronto, he will be able to afford to heat it.

Kawhi Leonard is about to find out what it is like to be king; and yes, it is good to be king.  He is facing a difficult choice, however, either one is not too bad, so there may not be a wrong choice.  I would see myself staying in Toronto if I was Leonard; however, I would not be surprised to see him playing his home games at Staples Center next season.


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