Sources: Kawhi Leonard to meet with Lakers, Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard intends to grant the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers meetings when free agency opens on June 30, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The meetings would be held in Los Angeles, sources said.

Leonard, who declined his $21.3 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent, plans to meet with a handful of teams — including the Raptors — before making a decision about his future, sources said.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard smokes a cigar as he sits with his playoffs MVP trophy during the 2019 Toronto Raptors NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Kawhi Leonard will have a number of suitors in free agency. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Lakers are positioned to sign one max player in free agency, and the Clippers have space for two max spots. The 2019 Finals MVP also is seriously considering re-signing with the Raptors, sources said.

The New York Knicks are also working on securing a meeting with Leonard, sources said.

Leonard, 27, is perhaps the top free agent on the market, and the Raptors are the only team that can offer him a max contract for five years and $190 million.

Leonard produced career highs in points (26.6) and rebounds (7.3) in his lone season with the Raptors.

In eight seasons, the three-time All-Star has averaged 17.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

Leonard is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and was the NBA Finals MVP in 2014 for San Antonio.

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