While Kawhi Leonard’s future with the Toronto Raptors after helping them claim their NBA first championship in franchise history is unknown, there are a few things we do know.
First of all, we know that he has (unsurprisingly) declined his player option for the upcoming season and officially become a free agent. Secondly, although sources say the two-time Finals MVP is “strongly considering re-signing with the Raptors”, the Los Angeles Clippers and their fans really want the California native to work closer to home.
Free agency is growing nearer and with that, a few interesting billboards have caught the attention of commuters in Los Angeles.
Free agency around the corner? Must be billboard season in LA. pic.twitter.com/2MAVZ8Yvwx
— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) June 24, 2019
With no branding on them, this may be the work of Clippers fans doing what they can to grab the attention of No. 2 ahead of his big decision. Or, since they’re a bit unoriginal and lack cleverness, this may just be a case of nobody wanting to take credit for them.
Regardless, with Leonard’s history when it comes to gigantic signs in populated areas, it’s a cheeky move.
Following Toronto’s victory to open up the NBA Finals, New Balance — one of Leonard’s sponsors — put up this billboard in Oakland.
— On The John Sports (@OTJSports) May 31, 2019
At the time, that was a pretty bold move considering the Raptors were taking on the Golden State Warriors, two-time defending champs. However, things ended up working out nicely there.
After Toronto sealed the deal in Game 6 and the city’s streets flooded with thousands of enthused supporters, New Balance came through with this masterpiece at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Board man gets a billboard pic.twitter.com/IFv8yIuvOh
— Yahoo Sports Canada (@YahooCASports) June 14, 2019
Will any of this impact what happens down the line? Who knows.
Is it fun to speculate that it may? Definitely.
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