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The Lakers Are Reportedly In The Lead For Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard returns to San Antonio for the first time.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 3: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors walks away as Gregg Popvich head coach of the San Antonio Spurs greet Danny Green #14 at the end of the game at AT&T Center on January 3, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

With Kevin Durant reportedly set to announce his free agency decision in a couple of hours (on an Instagram account, of all places), all eyes will soon turn solely toward Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard, who's coming off an NBA Finals win with the Toronto Raptors, has been linked to three other franchises - the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks.

Los Angeles premier NBA franchise has been gaining steam lately, with the Lakers having cleared enough space for a max free agent.

The Lakers' recruiting pitch is underway, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis reportedly set to meet with the Finals MVP. LeBron even liked an Instagram post pitching Kawhi on the Lakers.

The Lakers have reportedly emerged as the favorite for Leonard, too, according to NBA insider Chris Broussard.

One Raptors insider, meanwhile, still believes it'll come down to Toronto and Los Angeles' other NBA team, the Clippers.

"Despite reports that the Lakers are gaining steam in the race for Kawhi (almost certainly leaked by the Lakers themselves), I’m still expecting this to come down to Raptors vs Clippers," Josh Lewenberg reported.

While Durant is set to announce his decision tonight, it seems likely that Leonard will stretch his decision into the week, as he'll reportedly be taking meetings.

NBA free agency is set to begin at 6 p.m. E.T.