NBA Playoffs 2019: Kawhi Leonard’s future is determined by how the Raptors’ season ends


There’s an underlying query to each sport the Raptors play on this postseason: What’s going to Kawhi Leonard do when the playoffs are over? The inscrutable ahead has topped 40 minutes simply as soon as this postseason — far exterior the norm for a famous person participant — and been compelled to shoulder an inordinate quantity of the Raptors offense because the staff went down 2-1 to the 76ers on Thursday.

It has raised questions on how he is being managed. The Raptors saved tight caps on Leonard’s taking part in time all season, however within the postseason all bets ought to theoretically be off. Nonetheless, Toronto appears to be lobbying to maintain him subsequent yr. The result of this sequence could also be a consider his determination.

On Friday’s “Off the Bench,” Danny Kanell and visitor host David Samson speak about Leonard’s time with the Raptors and what he could finally do that offseason. He is damaged 30 factors in each sport this sequence, but twice it hasn’t been sufficient. On high of that, rumors round Leonard’s most popular vacation spot proceed to swirl.

Samson speculates it may come right down to what Leonard values.

“The query is the place does he wanna dwell from a private standpoint?” Samson mentioned. “Is he comfy in Canada? The place the taxes are insane. Does he wanna go to California? Does he wanna be a part of an enormous three? Does he wanna play with LeBron? Does he wanna chase rings, or does he wanna chase consolation?”

Finally, Leonard can have presents from any staff that may afford him. He is an elite expertise, and the Raptors are hoping Leonard should wait some time longer earlier than making any form of selection.

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