The Los Angeles Clippers are hoping to sign forward Kawhi Leonard next summer but will he give the Clippers a chance?
All summer, the Clippers have been trying to prepare for Leonard's departure from the San Antonio Spurs. They were worried about the Los Angeles Lakers landing Leonard. That didn't happen. Instead, Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors.
That was a win for the Clippers. Leonard has said he wants to play is Los Angeles and Toronto is not Los Angeles. After the upcoming season is over, Leonard will be a free agent and can finally go to L.A. The Clippers hope it is there team that lands him.
I think the Clippers have a chance of landing Leonard. They are all in and a player likes to see that he is wanted. The Lakers hurt their chances to land Leonard by letting it be known they would prefer Klay Thompson over Leonard. That's going to leave a mark and it may come back to haunt the Lakers.
Unlike the Lakers, the Clippers have tried to appease Leonard. They let go of broadcaster Bruce Bowen after he criticized Leonard. As a journalist, I don't appreciate that type of censorship but Bowen's contract was up so they didn't have to renew it.
Playing favorites might be how the Clippers somehow win this battle for Leonard. At the moment, Leonard has stated that he wants to play for the Lakers. That means the Clippers are already at a disadvantage. It doesn't help that the Lakers have LeBron James while the Clippers are sort of in rebuilding mode.
To me, it looks like the Clippers are gambling it all to sign Leonard. They can go into a rebuilding process but nope, they have to make everything complicated. Getting Leonard would make them better but in the Western Conference, that might not be enough. The Clippers will need another superstar to compete. They'll need to fire another broadcaster and show that they really mean it.