Kawhi is a mysterious guy. He’s always making moves, both on and off the court. Not even the most well-connected sports insiders knew where Kawhi Leonard was headed during free agency this year. His decision to sign with the Clippers came as a shock to pretty much everyone. For now, it seems that people have stopped trying to analyze Kawhi's decision-making process. Instead, they've turned their attention to his advisor Dennis Richardson, better known as uncle Dennis.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, uncle Dennis was rumoured to be asking for all kinds of bonuses from the Raptors and the Lakers. Which could've included things like "houses, planes and sponsorships," says Smith.
“This is me putting on my reporter’s hat here. People in NBA circles are talking about this right now: Allegedly, the uncle, Uncle Dennis, was asking for a lot of stuff from the other teams; houses, planes, sponsorship, guaranteed sponsorship money, just as an example," Smith said, according to Bleacher Report.
"They’re throwing this stuff out there. All of those things are supposedly illegal in the collective bargaining agreement. I have no idea whether this is true or not. I’m not trying to cast any aspersions on Uncle Dennis, but people in NBA circles are talking about this as we speak.”
“I’m here to tell you right now, we don’t care. We don’t care. The bottom line is Kawhi Leonard is with the Los Angeles Clippers. He’s not with the Lakers or the Raptors, but I’m telling you right now in the days to come you’re going to hear more noise about what Kawhi’s camp was asking for, with questions about what the Clippers gave up,” he continued.
Smith wasn’t the only one at ESPN to suggest that uncle Dennis was involved in shady business. Brian Windhorst, host of the Hoops Collective podcast, also indicated that the Raptors and the Lakers felt played by Kawhi’s team during free agency talks.
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Obviously, all this speculation has yet to be proven or confirmed. However, if it turns out that Richardson was trying to score extravagant perks for his nephew on top of the many millions he'd already be getting — well, let’s just say it won’t be good for the family’s reputation, which up until this point has been pretty squeaky clean.