Kawhi Leonard Still Prefers To Sign With Lakers, Clippers

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

As the Toronto Raptors work to assimilate All-NBA star Kawhi Leonard, the franchise is hiring his longtime friend and former high school/college teammate Jeremy Castleberry from the San Antonio Spurs to be a player development coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Toronto Raptors want to make their newly acquired All-Star forward, Kawhi Leonard, feel at home with them.

Castleberry has worked with Leonard as a Spurs staffer and played with Leonard in high school and at San Diego State, where he was a walk-on. Ujiri made the deal with a determination that he can convince Leonard to re-sign with the Raptors next summer in free agency, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Although the Raptors would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer, it is expected that he'll be going back to Cali to join the Los Angeles Lakers, or even the Los Angeles Clippers, once he becomes a free agent. Leonard is in the previous year of his contract, so if he's bound for Tinseltown, he doesn't have to wait much longer. If Leonard does leave the Raptors, the most he could sign for is a four-year, $141 million deal, according to ESPN.

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