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A Dark Horse Team Could Reportedly Emerge For Kawhi Leonard

kawhi leonard during game 2

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 30: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors reacts against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter during Game One of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Kawhi Leonard might be the biggest prize on the free agent market this summer now that Kevin Durant is injured. The 2019 NBA Finals MVP recently declined his team option with the Raptors, making himself a free agent.

Leonard is said to have a number of options to consider. He could still wind up back in Toronto on a long-term deal, or he could sign with the Los Angeles Clippers as many expect he will.

A report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski last week indicated that Leonard will take meetings with the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. Now, a new team is planning to meet with Leonard: the Dallas Mavericks.

Longtime NBA writer Chris Sheridan reported this afternoon that Dallas is "expecting" to speak with Leonard at some point.

On paper, Dallas looks like a firm underdog to land Leonard, but it can't hurt to meet with him. The Mavs seem to be building a fun, up-and-coming roster led by Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

Adding Leonard would certainly speed up the rebuilding process, though again, the Mavericks have to be considered an extreme dark horse at this point.

NBA free agency opens up on Sunday night.