Kawhi Leonard is rightly going to be one of the most sought-after free agents this summer, and possibly in NBA history, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly pulling out all the stops in an effort to bring him home.
Leonard is busy trying to lead the Toronto Raptors to their first Finals victory in franchise history but in the interim, the Clippers are already preparing their pitch this summer and are going all-out.
Marc Stein of The New York Times reported that the Clippers are contemplating buying the rights to the ‘Klaw’ logo from Nike. Leonard has since signed with New Balance, after his endorsement deal with Jordan Brand expired last year.
“The Los Angeles Clippers are said to have quietly looked into the feasibility of purchasing the portion of the rights to Leonard’s “Klaw” logo that is still owned by Nike,” Stein wrote. “The Clippers did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but such an acquisition would theoretically enable them to bestow full control of the logo upon Leonard as part of their anticipated free-agency pitch meeting with the Toronto superstar.”
Leonard said that he’s not concerned about free agency until the playoffs end, and whether getting the rights to his logo back will put the Clippers over the top remains to be seen. As it stands, the Raptors have a pretty good selling point to retain Leonard, with his singular focus on winning it all, and the Golden State Warriors on the horizon.
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