Kawhi Leonard will reportedly be meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers this week and LeBron James is expected to be a part of his team’s recruiting pitch.
The reigning NBA Finals MVP is reportedly considering the Lakers, Clippers and Raptors as he makes his free agency decision.
The Lakers have emerged as the favorite in the minds of many and an official decision could come at some point this week.
LeBron’s pitch to Kawhi will reportedly center on the fact that he’s not going to be in the league for that much longer. The team will soon be Kawhi and Anthony Davis’ to run, according to Ryen Russillo on Adrian Wojnarowski’s podcast.
From what I’ve heard, and I know you trust me with this just because I have these weird relationships, especially living out here in Los Angeles now. The Kawhi pitch, whether it is from the Lakers or LeBron, is this: LeBron is basically saying, ‘Hey, this is going to be your team in two years.’ I have heard this for years, but LeBron at one point wants to play with his son. And depending on when that happens, that is going to be his priority and that may not be with the Lakers. So, I don’t know when that is going to be and that [is why LeBron is] willing to defer. LeBron is saying for the first time in his basketball life that he is willing to defer the style of play.
They are going to tell [Kawhi] anything he wants to hear. They are going to tell Kawhi, ‘You can take all the last shots. We can run the offense through you.’ And LeBron has a style of play that could, I’d say, adapt to another guy like that. Anthony Davis puts up massive numbers without being selfish so I could see it working.
Leonard has reportedly made a couple of requests to the Lakers, mostly centered on the training staff. He wants to be sure that he continue to take games off as needed and have some of his own guys in the building.
Stay tuned for a decision.