What Horford, Butler coming off the board means for the LA Clippers

Tanya Simon
July 2, 2019

Leonard, who led the Toronto Raptors to the National Basketball Association title last month, was expected to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers plus the Raptors this week before making a decision on where to sign a new deal.

Johnson stepped down as team president of basketball operations for the Lakers in April, so he was allowed to speak with Leonard, as he was not representing the team in any official capacity.

And then on Monday afternoon, the rumor mill really started to hum, leading to the phrase "Kawhi is a Laker" trending on Twitter.

"We don't know where Kawhi is going", said Brian Windhorst.

Let's be clear: nothing has been announced. None of the big-time, credible reporters have reported news.

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Although the Lakers reportedly were unwilling to offer Russell a max deal, it was initially unclear what his market would be. The same person also supposedly mentioned the Philadelphia 76ers for Al Horford when it was still a mystery. The two sides had positive conversations about the direction of the Lakers, according to the report. "Lakers on verge of building powerhouse", Broussard tweeted.

In what was being advertised as one of the deepest free agent classes of all-time, many National Basketball Association teams were active on Sunday and the entire league shifted as a result.

LA Times sports columnist Arash Markazi reported that a big bet came in on the Lakers at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook to win the championship, noting that the last time that had happened, the Anthony Davis trade news was reported shortly thereafter.

"Kawhi to Lakers rumblings getting stronger & stronger". If LA can find a taker for Gallinari, re-signing both players and Leonard isn't out of the question. In their opinion, Kawhi would be a sidekick or a third option in the team.

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