Knicks canceled meeting with Kawhi Leonard to pursue other elite free agents

Friday, 05 Jul, 2019

Kawhi Leonard is no longer a player with the Spurs and sometimes that can be a good thing.

After Wednesday's pseudo-circus - or, the day #KawhiWatch officially broke the city of Toronto - Kawhi Leonard still has the National Basketball Association world waiting with bated breath as he prepares to decide which way the league's balance of power will tilt.

Fans were sent into a frenzy over the latest development as they eagerly awaited Board Man to make his NBA-altering decision.

State & Main Kitchens is one of many restaurants in Toronto offering Leonard free food for life.

Kawhi Leonard reportedly returned to Toronto on Wednesday - but his stay may only be temporary.

However, at the core, a team that has LeBron, Davis and Kyle Kuzma as the three best players is a title-contending team.

The Mavericks, who have liked Danny Green since the last time he was a free agent, are in a strong position to land him regardless of the fallout from the Lakers & Raptors pursuit of Kawhi Leonard.

A private plane owned by the group that operates the Raptors landed Wednesday afternoon (early Thursday, PHL time) at Pearson International Airport in Toronto - and video footage suggests that Leonard was one of the passengers on that plane.

Leonard is reportedly considering returning to Toronto, while the Clippers and Lakers remain in the mix to sign him, as well.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Young's report is that Leonard isn't discussing two-year deals with anyone.

If the Lakers are successful in their pursuit of Leonard, they will instantly become the heavy favorites to win the 2020 NBA Finals. His salary thus, will not affect Lakers' salary cap. The team still has some assets to make a trade for a big name, but you know the front office would much rather maintain those assets and sign a star.

But officials from both Los Angeles teams "appear determined to say as little as possible" about the process since Leonard's camp wants to operate in complete silence prior to announcing where the eccentric superstar plans to go.

Some of those players may not have been available had the Knicks waited on Leonard.

Fox Sports 1's Cris Carter still believes it's a three-team race to sign Kawhi.