02 Dec 2018, 12:02 IST
Yesterday, the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-95. Raptors ahead Kawhi Leonard scored 34 factors and grabbed 9 rebounds. Up to now two video games, Kawhi Leonard scored a complete of 71 factors. He had 34 factors in opposition to the Cavaliers and 37 in a earlier recreation in opposition to the Warriors. In that recreation, the Raptors beat the Warriors in time beyond regulation. They received that recreation 131-128.
The Raptors are at present the most effective group within the Jap Convention. They’ve a report of 20-4. This locations the Raptors not solely as the highest group of the East, but in addition the most effective group within the NBA. The Los Angeles Clippers have the most effective report within the Western Convention, however their report is at present 15-6. The Raptors have a major lead over the Clippers.
The Raptors are on an eight-game profitable streak. Kawhi Leonard is again to his regular self. He is averaging 25.zero factors, 8.5 rebounds, and three.1 assists. After a 12 months of accidents and sitting out, Leonard is lastly wholesome and enjoying. Each Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors are in a great area. However, will it final?
Whereas watching the Cavs/Raptors recreation, a thought got here to thoughts. What if Kawhi Leonard leaves the Raptors subsequent summer time? Within the 2018 low season, there have been rumors that Kawhi Leonard was fascinated by going to Los Angeles. He was fascinated by each the Clippers and Lakers, with the Clippers having a slight benefit.
This was earlier than the San Antonio Spurs traded him to the Raptors. The Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard and Danny Inexperienced to the Raptors in trade for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 first spherical draft decide. Leonard didn’t go to the group he desired, however the Raptors had been the only option.
This season, Kawhi Leonard makes practically $20 million. He has a participant choice in 2019, which supplies him the flexibility to choose out of his present deal. If he opts out, Leonard will probably be an unrestricted free agent. Then, he might be a part of one of many L.A groups. However, would that be clever?
The Clippers are the most effective group within the West (for now), however that would change. The Lakers are sixth within the Western Convention with a report of 13-9. Leonard might assist each groups, however the Raptors are the higher choice. With the Raptors, he’s the go-to participant (like in San Antonio) and the Raptors have a greater probability of reaching the Finals.
He is not going to solely be the go-to participant, however he’ll be so in a market smaller than L.A. Though he is from L.A, a smaller market matches Leonard’s character. At greatest, if the Raptors can stand up to the Bucks, Celtics, and Sixers, they may attain the NBA Finals. It might be the primary time within the group’s historical past. Leonard might do one thing historic with the Raptors.
Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors are enjoying properly and I see them staying this manner. This group is barely completely different from their earlier years. The addition of Kawhi Leonard has benefited them. With Leonard, they’re going to now not be the group with the most effective report solely to get swept within the second spherical. This group ought to be significantly better. In addition to Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors are enjoying, I believe that is his best choice.
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