While Lakers fans update their Twitter timelines every five seconds so Kawhi Leonard can decide which team to join at the free agency, he probably plays Red Dead Redemption 2 at home.
The overwhelming feeling in The NBA was that Leonard would announce his decision to change the league on Friday, but according to Cris Carter, who has ties to Leonard's camp, this announcement does not come today.
Unlike Thursday's update "There will be no update," Carter has released some news that may mean something to the Lakers and their fans:
After we looked would we find out today? We will not. Kawhi is still undecided and will not finalize his decision today.
In addition, unlike other reports, Kawhi is NOT interested in signing a one- or two-year contract. If he signs, it will be a long-term contract.
̵1; Cris Carter (@criscarter80) July 5, 2019
The Lakers can offer Leonard a four-year contract starting at $ 32 million a year, a few thousand dollars too short of his full max. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers and Toronto Raptors Leonard can offer his full maximum.
Out of the money, however, the Clippers and Raptors can not compete with what the Lakers Leonard can offer in the next four years: an opportunity around which they can compete a championship with two All-NBA players in Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
Sure, James will be 35 years old in December, but he'll have at least two years of elite basketball. In the 16 games that James played after the All-Star break, he scored an average of 28.8 points, 9.8 assists and 8 rebounds per game. This was the worst injury he has suffered in his 16-year career. He is really good and shows little if any signs of slowing down.
This does not apply to Davis, who just entered the athletic flowering of his career at the age of 26 and expects a five-year limit to sign a contract with the Lakers next summer. As good as Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry are, they are not Davis and James.
If Leonard wants to add some more Rings and Finals MVPs to his CV, the Lakers are his best option in the long and short term. Hopefully, he soon realizes that and frees us all from our misery.
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