According to a report, both the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat are ready to make a strong push to try and land Kawhi Leonard if he opts out of his contract.
It’s going to be an incredibly interesting summer for the Los Angles Clippers. It goes without saying, but all eyes will be on superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard. This offseason, Leonard of course has the ability to opt out of his contract and pursue free agency.
While there’s hope he’ll return to Los Angeles, reports and rumors continue to swirl stating he could be on his way out. If Leonard does enter free agency, NBA insider Kevin O’Connor’s sources are telling him that Dallas and Miami will aggressively go after him.
Kawhi Leonard will have plenty of suitors if he becomes a free agent
It should come as no surprise that Dallas and Miami would have high interest in Leonard. On offense and defense, he’s among the best in the league. He’s the kind of player who could legitimately change a squad’s season if he suits up for them. The Mavericks and Heat are fully aware of this.
O’Connor added that New York will be ready to try and bring in any superstar that’s available this summer. Leonard would obviously be a player they’d love to land as well. Unfortunately for the Clippers, they were without Leonard down the stretch in the postseason due to his knee injury.
With Leonard on the bench and unable to suit up, the team was eliminated in the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6. If Leonard was able to stay healthy, who knows how things would have played out.
In the coming months, we’ll have to wait and see what Leonard decides. If he’s on the open market, look for Dallas and Miami to go all-in to try and sign him.