If Kawhi Leonard ends up signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for multiple years, Kobe stans just might need to start looking at LeBron in a different light.
The only teams that are rumored to be in the mix to sign Kawhi Leonard this offseason are the Los Angeles Lakers, L.A. Clippers, and Toronto Raptors.
There are reports that LeBron has already spoken with Leonard about joining the Lakers, and according to Ryen Russillo on Adrian Wojnarowski’s podcast, he may have nailed that meeting with a few promises to Kawhi about the future of the Lakers.
“From what I’ve heard, and I know you trust me with this just because I have these weird relationships, especially living out here in Los Angeles now. The Kawhi pitch, whether it is from the Lakers or LeBron, is this: LeBron is basically saying, ‘Hey, this is going to be your team in two years.’ I have heard this for years, but LeBron at one point wants to play with his son. And depending on when that happens, that is going to be his priority and that may not be with the Lakers. So, I don’t know when that is going to be and that [is why LeBron is] willing to defer. LeBron is saying for the first time in his basketball life that he is willing to defer the style of play,” said Russillo.
“They are going to tell [Kawhi] anything he wants to hear. They are going to tell Kawhi, ‘You can take all the last shots. We can run the offense through you.’ And LeBron has a style of play that could, I’d say, adapt to another guy like that. Anthony Davis puts up massive numbers without being selfish so I could see it working.”
Kawhi might’ve already been leaning towards signing with the team, but LeBron’s speech may have really set it in motion to actually happening.