Kendrick Perkins: ‘Looking very strong’ that Kawhi is Lakers-bound

NBA analyst Michael Grange joins Sportsnet Today to discuss Kawhi Leonard and whether or not he'll sign with the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers.

As the NBA world holds its collective breath awaiting the free agent decision of 2019 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, it looks like the “He Stay” camp has taken a decided blow — if a former journeyman centre is to be believed, that is.

Kendrick Perkins took to Twitter Monday night and sent Toronto Raptors fans into a social media tizzy when he tweeted out this little nugget:

Perkins isn’t a reporter or one of the big insiders, nor did he indicate where he heard this news from so you should probably take his words with at least a pinch of salt — like we know you’re definitely doing, right? Nonetheless, it’s interesting to hear any rumblings that Leonard is taking meetings with both Los Angeles teams.

It was reported on Sunday, at the start of free agency, that Leonard wasn’t taking any meetings over the first weekend of free agency. But it appears now that he might be starting to get down to the final hour of his decision.

Leonard, of course, was traded to the Raptors from the San Antonio Spurs last July with what was essentially one year left on his contract (he had a player option for 2019-20 that he declined to become an unrestricted free agent).

Based on the championship end to this move to the Raptors — a move that, initially, Leonard didn’t seem to want to happen — it stands to reason that Leonard’s time in Toronto went well. But as a Southern California native it’s been widely reported that the allure of playing closer to home has always been there for Leonard.

So does Perkins have special inside information? Maybe, maybe not. He was spot on about Kevin Durant making the move to the Brooklyn Nets though, it seems.

But like with anything regarding Leonard, read into the reports as you will. All any of us can really do is wait for the decision to drop.


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