It hasn’t been an easy ride for basketball fans in Canada the past couple of days. The country has been listening constantly to the radio, refreshing Twitter and checking the news for anything, literally anything, that might suggest Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard will re-sign for Toronto and stay in Canada. However, as of yet, there has not been a peep from the man himself. Nonetheless, the country is still celebrating the "4th of Kawhi" on Thursday.
While Canadians have not been holding back with the Kawhi-love for the last week or so, the country is getting pretty desperate for a decision. ‘Kawhi Watch’ has been trending on Twitter across Canada and the US for days, as basketball fans across the world wait not so patiently for any signs of news from Leonard. However, according to some reports, that day could be today.
From the crack of dawn on Thursday morning, ‘Happy 4th of Kawhi’ was trending in both Canada and the US, with several Canadians agreeing that if Kawhi was to announce he was staying in Canada today, on July 4, America’s Independence Day, it would be a pretty big smack in the face for American fans. That said, Canadians don’t seem to feel too bad about it…
One Canadian tweeted, “When Kawhi Leonard announces his resigning with the Raptors tomorrow.... we'll declare a new national holiday, the 4th of Kawhi in Canada! Happy Independence Day!” Another added, “Kawhi saying he will stay with the Raptors in Canada ON the 4th of the July is just an ultimate power move.”
I hear it’s a holiday in the US today. But up here in Canada it’s the 4th of Kawhi. #WeTheNorth— Adrian Ghobrial (@Adrian Ghobrial)1562245266.0
Kawhi celebrating his 4th of July in Canada has to be a sign right? #hestay #WeTheNorth— georgio11 (@georgio11)1562242725.0
When Kawhi Leonard announces his resigning with the Raptors tomorrow.... we'll declare a new national holiday, the… https://t.co/fTH4rzjxaL— Tyler Geisler Monkman (@Tyler Geisler Monkman)1562202082.0
If Kawhi Leonard signs with the Raptors the whole country of Canada will be celebrating tomorrow like it’s Independ… https://t.co/y8z2PzfJ7G— chance (@chance)1562192046.0
While there is still no official news on Kawhi’s plans for next season, the internet is enjoying the opportunity to scrutinize Kawhi’s every move in hopes of working out what he will do next. One Twitter user noted that Kawhi’s decision to spend Canada Day in LA and the 4th of July in Toronto was “low key one of the biggest power moves on his part.”
As it stands, it is the Lakers, the Clippers and, of course, the Raptors that Kawhi is torn between. While both the Lakers and the Clippers give Kawhi the opportunity to play for his home state, the Raptors are able to offer Kawhi a lucrative, maximum five-year deal, worth around $190 million. Oh, and the opportunity to remain a Canadian national treasure, of course.
if kawhi announces he’s staying in canada on the 4th of july, he’s my new favorite player— lindsey (@lindsey)1562181766.0
@Sportsnet It would be so Kawhi to wait until the 4th of July, great American holiday, to announce he’s staying with Canada’s team. Wild— Bobby Caivana (@Bobby Caivana)1562181480.0
Kawhi spending Canada Day in LA and the 4th of July in Toronto is low key one of the biggest power moves on his part— Ryan McDonnell (@Ryan McDonnell)1562248957.0
Reports have suggested that Leonard has already met with all three potential teams now and also had meetings with Drake. All that is left to do is wait for the official announcement. Kawhi has remained characteristically low-key on the matter, not giving fans even a glimmer of what his personal preference would be for the 2020 season.
That said, some fans believe that the fact Kawhi decided to meet with the Toronto Raptors last has significance. One basketball fan tweeted "I honestly think the Raptors getting the last meeting means more than people realize. It’s [gonna] be too hard for Kawhi to say no to them I think".
Kawhi is in Toronto for his last “meeting” with the Raptors. I feel like all signs point to him staying. Why would… https://t.co/u3EHmoC7Z6— ryrain (@ryrain)1562177439.0
Calling it right now and I hope I’m wrong (hoping he goes to the Lakers). But I’m gona say Kawhi stays with the Rap… https://t.co/KfJfsQPgxQ— John Smith (@John Smith)1562114611.0
We all know damn well the Kawhi decision is coming tomorrow because someone in the NBA has to ruin everyone’s 4th of July every year...— Corey Hansford (@Corey Hansford)1562175507.0
An official decision is expected to be announced at some point on Thursday. Whatever the final outcome may be, it’s going to be a pretty awesome ‘4th of Kawhi’ for basketball fans somewhere!