It's a devastating day for Canada. Kawhi Leonard's Raptors contract is over and he's reportedly signing with the LA Clippers. Over the past month, Canadian fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting for Leonard to make a decision about where he will continue his career.
For many, he's currently considered a treasured Canadian player. But as we all know, in June, Leonard became a free agent. After his excellent performance during the NBA championships, it was no secret that many major teams in the United States wanted Leonard for themselves.
Free agent forward Kawhi Leonard has informed runners-up teams of his plans: He's signing with the Clippers, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski)1562392446.0
Late in the evening on Friday, July 5, news broke that Kawhi Leonard reportedly decided not to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors. According to ESPN's Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard has informed the runner up teams of his plans to sign with the LA Clippers.
In a series of tweets, Wojnarowski explained how Leonard had been recruiting Paul George to find a way to get to the Clippers. Now, it looks like George and Leonard will be joining the Clippers together.
Fans in Canada will likely be in disarray following the news. It's fair to say that over the past few months, Leonard has become a known Canadian celebrity. He's also an athlete that Canadians have grown to love.
Since the Raptors' historical championship win, Canadians have gone wild watching out for Leonard's every move. From following him on his family vacation to Niagara Falls to spotting him at Cactus Club, fans want to know what Leonard is doing.
One Canadian even went viral after he caught Leonard purchasing moving boxes at a local Home Depot in Ontario. This definitely fueled rumours that Leonard was planning to stay and play for the Toronto Raptors.
Kawhi Leonard spotting in #NiagaraFalls 👀 Hey Kawhi, if you need a place to ball while you're here we've got you c… https://t.co/UpJj88Vqz9— YMCA of Niagara (@YMCA of Niagara)1560897048.0
Even though fans had their suspicions that Leonard would stay in the 6ix, it looks like we had it wrong all along. Leonard has decided to move away from Toronto and it looks like he'll be playing in LA from here on out.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday morning that Kawhi Leonard had agreed to a maximum contract with a 4 year deal for $142 million with the Clippers.