Title: Kawhi Leonard’s contract options in free agency and what advantages the Raptors hold
Date: June 25, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down Kawhi Leonard’s different contract options in free agency and the advantages the Raptors have as the incumbent.
Kawhi Leonard plays for the Toronto Raptors. For a few more days, at least.
As the Raptors look to make sure that popular affirmation is available for the foreseeable future, they’ll lay out a multipronged pitch to Leonard and his camp about why he should stay. We never really know what a player, especially Leonard, is weighing, but the one measurable in every free agent decision is money. The collective bargaining agreement dictates what teams can and can’t offer a player, and those rules benefit the Raptors in this case.
What follows is an examination of the different contract structures Leonard and the Raptors could explore and what advantages the Raptors hold over other teams in those scenarios.
As a reminder, we’ll look at the Raptors’ three-year plan with or without Leonard tomorrow, then get into Pascal Siakam extension talk Thursday and general free agency Q&A on Friday.