Raptors Teammates Don't Care About Kawhi's Free Agency

Kawhi Leonard's impending free agency has been a season-long storyline, but not for the guys in the locker room

Taz and the Moose
May 29, 2019 - 1:45 pm
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Kawhi Leonard’s impending free-agent decision has been a season-long storyline, at least for some people. But it’s not a storyline for Leonard’s teammates.

“I think they’re not really worried about it,” Raptors TV analyst Jack Armstrong said on Taz & The Moose. “This is pro sports. These are independent contractors that all have their own thing going on. So as much as fans worry about this stuff, I think guys worry about their own deal. You got 15 millionaires walking into the room, and they got their own thing going.”

For now, the players are worried about winning. Nothing else.

“They don’t worry about the noise,” Armstrong said. “I honestly believe that. I don’t think they have given it any thought whatsoever. To me, I don’t give it a lot of thought. I care about how are they going to perform on a nightly basis?”

Armstrong is confident that Raptors president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster can sell Leonard on staying in Toronto.

“When they sit down with Kawhi and his people when this season ends, and whatever may happen – it might be an NBA championship, they might come up a little short – who knows what will happen? But the reality is I think they have themselves in a tremendous position to do a great sales job on what they feel the future is for Kawhi Leonard if he decides to stay in Toronto,” Armstrong said. “And at the same time, they’re also very respectful of the fact that Kawhi is an independent contractor, is a free agent and has the right to choose where he wants to go. We’re all big boys here. They’ll work it out. 

“For anyone to say they know what he’s going to do, they’re completely full of it,” Armstrong continued. “Let’s enjoy the moment. Let’s enjoy what’s going on right now. Let’s celebrate the sport and not worry about all the sideshows that are, quite frankly, nonsensical. I think it’s the same thing with a lot of the free agents around the league. There’s too much drama and not enough focus on what really matters, and that’s the joy of watching the games.”

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