Report: People Around Kawhi Leonard Not Ruling Out Knicks

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

The Kawhi Leonard-to-Knicks speculation hasn't been nearly as intense as the Kevin Durant-to-Knicks talk in recent months, but that doesn't mean it's dead, either.

According to SNY's Ian Begley, some people around Leonard view New York as a potential landing spot for the two-time NBA Finals MVP, who is expected to decline his $21.3 million option with the world champion Toronto Raptors and become a free agent.

However, it doesn't appear as though the Knicks are at the top of Leonard's wish list. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported this week that Leonard is focused on signing with either the Los Angeles Clippers or Raptors.

The Raptors' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kyle Lowry celebrate winning the NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors after Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13, 2019, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Images

The New York Post reported earlier this month that the Knicks are confident they'll at least get a meeting with Leonard when free agency begins. According to Begley, the Knicks plan to be aggressive in their pursuit of him.

Leonard, who turns 28 later this month, is a three-time All-Star who is coming off his best season yet. The 6-foot-7 small forward averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 60 games this past season and also enjoyed a stellar run through the playoffs.