Lowe: Why Kawhi Leonard’s power move was a watershed moment

Player empowerment is reaching new peaks. How will the league and the players respond?
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Report: Lakers feel they got played in Kawhi Leonard pursuit

The Raptors reportedly felt Kawhi Leonard's advisor and uncle, Dennis Robertson, made unreasonable requests of them before Leonard signed with the Clippers. The Lakers, the other team that waited for and missed out on Leonard, also apparently has misgivings about the process. The implication: Leonard knew all along wasn't signing with the Lakers, waited a week into free agency so other top free agents would commit elsewhere then announced his decision just to sabotage the Lakers.

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Nurse: ‘Can’t blame’ Kawhi for leaving for Clips

Raptors coach Nick Nurse admitted that he was disappointed that Kawhi Leonard decided to leave for the Clippers, but said, “You can’t blame a guy for wanting to go home.”
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Sources: Kawhi Leonard to sign with Clippers

The superstar forward, who just led Toronto to the NBA championship, has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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Why Kawhi called Paul George after KD said no

After failing to recruit Kevin Durant to the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard focused on Paul George and proved to be a ‘hell of a recruiter.’
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Predicting the next teams for KD, Kawhi and other top free agents

We polled the experts on the ESPN Forecast panel for their votes on the next teams for star players.
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How the Clippers can make their anti-pitch to Kawhi Leonard

The Clippers can’t really sell the superstar free agent on accomplishments or specifics. Here’s what they can do instead.
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The Kawhi pitch: Toronto’s best case to keep its superstar free agent

This is the pitch Toronto can make to Kawhi Leonard with confidence in the offseason.
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Analyzing the ‘Kawhi Effect’ on New Balance

Kawhi Leonard became a two-time NBA Champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP on Thursday after leading the Toronto Raptors to a Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors. While Toronto’s new darling is soaking in the adoration from global basketball fans happy to see him return from injury and dethrone the champions, New Balance, his footwear partner, is also receiving more love.
“We’ve seen a significant uptick in conversation around New Balance and Kawhi Leonard since we first introduced our partnership,” said Patrick Cassidy, New Balance global director, consumer marketing.
New Balance signed Leonard to a multiyear endorsement deal in November much to the surprise of many fans, who took opportunity to send jokes on Twitter. The Boston-based footwear company released on May 7 Leonard’s signature sneakers, OMN1s and 997 Sport, as a double pack, which sold out immediately. The second act was the June 7 launch of branded T-shirts that read “Fun Guy” as a nod to Leonard’s introductory press conference for the Toronto Raptors in October. After the Raptors’ victory on Thursday, the company put up a “Fun Guy” billboard for the athlete.
“Kawhi’s performance on-court has elevated New Balance Basketball to become a credible player in a very competitive

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Who is Kawhi Leonard?

The Raptors forward has Toronto one win away from its first NBA title, but he remains the league’s most mysterious superstar, except to those who know him best.
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Lowe: What Kawhi and the Raptors have done to the Warriors

Without a Golden State win in Toronto, it will all be over on Monday. This is how we got here.
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Kawhi gives Raptors first taste of NBA Finals

Toronto came from behind to beat the Bucks in Game 6, winning the Eastern Conference finals to secure its first Finals appearance in team history.

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Improbable play, a raucous crowd and a Kawhi poster: Inside Toronto’s historic run

In a span of less than eight minutes, Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors changed the fate of the East finals.
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‘It’s the Kawhi effect’: The impact of having a transcendent star

With all the attention paid to Kawhi Leonard, Toronto’s bench scored 48 points in a Game 4 win to even the series against Milwaukee.
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Kawhi shrugs off leg issue after win: ‘I’m good’

Kawhi Leonard said he was fine after playing a career-high 52 minutes Sunday night — almost all of them coming after he landed awkwardly on a layup in the first quarter. “I’m just going to keep fighting,” he said. “I’m going to be playing.”
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Kawhi in rare air after 39 points, 14 boards in win

Kawhi Leonard is averaging 32.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists with an effective field goal percentage of 66.2 percent this postseason, numbers better than LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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Kawhi Leonard is rising to a whole new level

With 45 points and lockdown defense, the Raptors star showed that he's better than ever in Saturday's Game 1 win over the Sixers. Is he the best player in the world?

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Locked in Kawhi calms Raptors’ playoff jitters

Kawhi Leonard was every bit the player the Raptors sacrificed so much for during the offseason. Now they have to maintain their edge in hopes of keeping him.

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Predicting NBA superstar moves: KD, Kyrie, AD and Kawhi

We polled the ESPN Forecast panel of experts for their votes on the next teams for star players.
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Lowe: Ten things I like and don’t like, including Draymond, Kawhi and Lonzo

This week we highlight the unstoppable Kawhi Leonard, questions about Lonzo Ball and Terry Rozier and the progress of Deandre Ayton.
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Why Toronto believes it can convince Kawhi Leonard to stay

As Kawhi Leonard returns to San Antonio, the Raptors are confident they have what it takes to build a long-term partnership with the former Finals MVP.
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The Clippers’ bold plan to land Kawhi and KD in free agency

It might be the NBA’s worst-kept secret: The Clippers’ big free-agency ambitions feature Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant.
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Kawhi Leonard proving he belongs atop MVP leaderboard

With another dominant performance against a fellow Eastern Conference contender, the former Finals MVP is starting to make a case for this year’s regular-season award.
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Trade demands: What Butler and Kawhi are showing the NBA

Why would an NBA superstar give up $ 70 million to switch teams? And how will Jimmy Butler help the Sixers?
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No connections: How Raptors are making their case to keep Kawhi

Kawhi Leonard has won a championship, is relatively healthy and is from Southern California. Take it all with a grain of salt when it comes to his free agency.
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Rumor: Kawhi Leonard told Spurs teammates, ‘I’ll do anything for all you guys in this room, but not this organization’

After Kawhi Leonardrepeatedly told the Spurs he’d play then didn’t, his teammates held a players-only meeting imploring him to play. Leonard stood his ground and said, despite his desire to return, he wouldn’t guarantee playing again that season. Tony Parker, who had already returned to the lineup, said his quad injury was “100 times worse” than Leonard’s and went out of his way to say he never considered getting a second opinion from outside the Spurs.

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Kawhi ‘a hard guy to read,’ David Robinson says

Describing Kawhi Leonard as “a hard guy to understand,” Spurs legend David Robinson said Monday on The Jump that the former Finals MVP’s exit from San Antonio was “one of the oddest situations I think I’ve seen since I’ve been in pro basketball.”
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The best-case scenario for Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors

If Leonard is locked in and returns to his MVP form, the Raptors should project as a legitimate threat to the Warriors, Celtics and Rockets.
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Lowe: What the Kawhi trade means for Raptors, Spurs and NBA

How will Toronto and San Antonio move on? Zach Lowe breaks down the trade and its major implications on all sides.
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Sources: Kawhi to Toronto, DeRozan to Spurs

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a deal to acquire All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard in a larger trade package that includes All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, league sources told ESPN.
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What’s different about Kawhi trade talks now

Our experts discuss L.A.’s new complications in a Kawhi Leonard trade and what other options San Antonio could consider.
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5-on-5: LeBron’s legacy, Kawhi trades and title favorites

Our experts answer the big questions about LeBron James, the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard and what the King’s move means for the NBA.
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Reports: Spurs want Celtics all-in for Kawhi Leonard trade talks, Boston slow playing it

The Spurs have come to grips with the fact they are going to have to trade Kawhi Leonard. Who the Spurs want to get deeply involved with is the Boston Celtics. Boston has the combination of good young players (Jaylen Brown, for example) and picks (Boston could have four first rounders in 2019) that interests the Spurs more than Brandon Ingram an anything the Lakers can push into the pot.

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Predictions: Where LeBron, PG-13 and Kawhi will land next

What will happen with NBA superstars in free agency, and what will it mean for next season? Our experts predict what’s next.
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Sources: Lakers, Spurs reopen talks on Kawhi

The Lakers re-engaged the Spurs in pursuit of Kawhi Leonard. The Lakers envision a trade in which San Antonio would get something similar to what the Cavs received for Kyrie Irving or the Pacers acquired for Paul George. The Spurs value Leonard higher.
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Bruce Bowen on Kawhi: ‘Are you kidding me?’

Bruce Bowen has issues with Kawhi Leonard. “You got $ 18 million this year, and you think that they’re trying to rush you? You didn’t play for the most part a full season this year … and you want to say that they didn’t have your best interest at heart?”
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What can the Celtics trade for Kawhi Leonard?

The Celtics have three highly paid All-Stars, cheap young talent and valuable draft picks. So what should they trade for Kawhi?
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How the Lakers can land LeBron, Kawhi and Paul George

What’s the key to creating a new superteam in L.A.? Kevin Pelton explains how the team and superstars might get it done.
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Woj: How close Kawhi and the Spurs are to the super max … or a trade

Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich will soon sit down to talk. What comes of that will have huge ramifications for the Spurs — and the entire NBA.
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Kawhi Leonard Future: All-Star Forward Wants to Leave Spurs

Kawhi Leonard’s is reportedly determined to leave the San Antonio Spurs, as he feels his relationship with the team has been damaged beyond repair. Things between the 2014 NBA Finals MVP and the Spurs have been frosty since he reportedly told the team he was not comfortable playing while rehabbing from the quadriceps tendinopathy that forced him to miss the first 27 games of the season. Leonard made his season debut on December 12 against the Dallas Mavericks, but after playing nine of the following 17 games, on January 13 the Spurs opted to sideline him indefinitely—and he did not play another game during the season.

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The uncomfortable silence of Kawhi Leonard

What’s behind the tension between the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard’s camp? And how will the NBA’s most fascinating mystery end?
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Four best Kawhi Leonard trades we’d like to see

Trade discussions could heat up if the Spurs and Leonard don’t see eye-to-eye on a new contract. Our NBA Insiders give four deals that work.
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No Kawhi comeback? Spurs still like chances against Warriors

San Antonio understands the daunting task of facing Golden State without Kawhi Leonard, but the Spurs are confident they can pull off an upset.
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Sources: Kawhi could return for Spurs on Thu.

Kawhi Leonard could be available for the San Antonio Spurs as early as Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, sources tell ESPN’s Lisa Salters. A leg injury has kept Leonard out of all but nine games so far this season.
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Kawhi Leonard game winner lifts Spurs, puts him in exclusive company

Kawhi Leonard game winner lifts Spurs, puts him in exclusive company
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