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Clippers, not Lakers, top Kawhi Leonards destination list

Clippers, not Lakers, top Kawhi Leonards destination list
Published On: Sat, Sep 15
Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers Spirit cheerleaders perform against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the Los Angeles Lakers were preparing to chase two max-level players in free agency, they also were connected to the saga between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. With their relationship seemingly beyond repair, Leonard sought a trade from the Spurs.

It was widely reported his preference was to be sent to the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Clippers also a top option. San Antonio reportedly sought a significant haul from the Lakers in exchange for the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.

Convinced theya€™d have an opportunity to sign Leonard outright in 2019 free agency, the Lakers were hesitant to break up their young core to complete a trade. They proceeded to sign LeBron James, which fueled speculation a Leonard deal would eventually come to fruition.

But the Lakers stuck to their stance, perhaps emboldened by James not pushing for a trade because he was confident in the teama€™s young players, and Leonard was ultimately traded to the Toronto Raptors.

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