Raptors Have Done All They Can To Keep Kawhi

The Raptors have made a compelling case for Kawhi Leonard to stay, but he's "the hardest man in the NBA to read," James Herbert says

Taz and the Moose
May 28, 2019 - 11:15 am
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Kawhi Leonard is playing some of the best basketball of his career, and the Eastern Conference Finals were no exception. Leonard averaged 29.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists against the Bucks, helping the Raptors overcome an 0-2 series deficit and reach the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

“He’s been the best player in the playoffs,” CBSSports.com NBA writer James Herbert said on Taz & The Moose. “It’s been incredible. Even if it’s just one year, he has given that city something it has never seen. I live in Brooklyn, but I grew up in Toronto. I was there for the first game the Raptors literally ever played, and I was in the building for Game 6. I’ve never heard that arena louder at any point for anything at the end of that game. It took a lot of people to make that happen, but it doesn’t happen without Kawhi Leonard. He has done everything.”

But what will Leonard do this summer? Will he stay in Toronto?

“I think it’s more likely now than it was a couple of weeks ago,” Herbert said. “I think it would be hard for anybody to walk away from a situation like this. But anybody telling you they know what Kawhi Leonard is going to do is lying. He’s the hardest man in the NBA to read.”

Perhaps Leonard entered the season believing he would be a hired gun, a one-year mercenary before heading off to Los Angeles or some other marquee free-agent destination. Well, after sharing so many special moments with Toronto and its fans, it might be harder to leave.

“I think there has been some trust built up between him and his teammates and the organization,” Brady said. “But does that mean that he’s going to stay? Does that mean that he longer wants to go to Los Angeles? I don’t know that. But I do think they have made a compelling case to keep him.”

Click below to listen to Herbert’s interview in its entirety.