That seems to be the message Kawhi Leonard and his camp have sent to his free-agency suitors, counting the teams he's meeting with, including the Lakers, Clippers and Raptors, to keep everything about the recruitment process to themselves.
"The teams have just been told this: If your presentation gets out, you're really imposing your chance to sign Kawhi Leonard," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Wednesday on Get Up! "You understand why teams are keeping this so private, and his camp has not allowed that information to really get out."
against the grain, as is his wont, taking his time while deciding where he wants to play.
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Leonard and his camp are certainly pleased with the frenzy that broke out on Wednesday when the entire city of Toronto got swept up in #KawhiWatch. Canadian television station CP24 had footage of a plane owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Raptors, landing at Pearson airport. The speculation was that Leonard was on the plane, but that wasn't confirmed.
When word spread that Raptors president Masai Ujiri might meet Leonard at the Hazelton Hotel, Raptors fans showed up in hopes or seeing the reigning NBA Finals MVP .
There's no telling if the spectacle will hurt Toronto's chances at keeping Leonard a year after trading for him. Wojnarowski reported a deal could be done sometime on July 4.