Jalen Rose '99% Hearing' Kawhi Leonard Will Sign with Raptors on 2-Year Contract

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2019

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard celebrates after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Kawhi Leonard has been relatively secretive about making his free-agent decision, but ESPN analyst Jalen Rose believes the forward will return to the Toronto Raptors for monetary reasons, as he explained Wednesday on Get Up:

"What I'm 99% hearing is that Kawhi Leonard will be returning to Toronto and signing a two-year contract," Rose said. "Just completed his eighth season, that's gonna put him at 10 years. That puts him in position to get the largest available maximum deal for a player of his tenure."

He also noted that Leonard was in Toronto on Wednesday.

Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports argued that his current location could be considered a plus.

"If he's in Toronto that has to be a good sign," Lewenberg tweeted. "At minimum, I would think it means they're still being seriously considered."

Of course, there have been conflicting reports throughout the process as the Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers all hope to land the reigning Finals MVP.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Tuesday that the Lakers "believe they are firmly in the lead" to sign Leonard.

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Meanwhile, the Clippers were the odds-on favorite to land the superstar as of Monday, per Caesars Palace.

This situation changes by the day, and it appears we won't know for sure until Leonard finalizes his decision.

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