The Los Angeles Lakers have been extremely quiet at the beginning of free agency, though that doesn't come as a surprise. The Western Conference contenders remain focused on one big prize: Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard, who won an NBA championship during his first (and possibly last) season in Toronto, is believed to be considering the Lakers, along with his incumbent team and the Clippers.
The Lakers are expected to have a meeting with Leonard at some point in the near future.
Lakers insider Tania Ganguli reported today that Leonard has already been in touch with former president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, who was not allowed to be a part of the official meeting.
From the report:
Magic Johnson spoke with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Roberston, on Sunday, Johnson told The Times. According to people familiar with the discussion, they had a positive conversation about the direction of the Lakers.
While Leonard’s camp had initially requested that only Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss be present from the Lakers’ front office, they are now considering expanding the meeting to include Pelinka.
That has to be encouraging news for the Lakers, who would become the clear title favorite with a Leonard signing.
Los Angeles' potential big three of LeBron James-Anthony Davis-Kawhi Leonard would be one of the best in league history.
Leonard is expected to take his time with his decision, however, and the Raptors will reportedly get the last meeting.