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NBA Free Agency 2019: Kawhi Leonard will not meet with teams on first day of free agency, won't be rushed into decision, report says


NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard will not have any meetings on the first day of free agency.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes is reporting that Leonard won't rush into anything and will take a couple of days to ramp up the process.

Leonard is set to visit with both the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers before ending the process with the Toronto Raptors. Haynes also reported that former Lakers president basketball of operations Magic Johnson spoke to both Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, on the phone.

Top free agents such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Kemba Walker all found new homes on the opening day of free agency.

Both the Lakers and the Clippers are hoping to lure Leonard back to his home state to continue his career.

With all the movement in the East, the Raptors would figure to still be the favourites to come out of the conference should they bring the roster back next season.

Toronto's other key free agent, Danny Green, who came over with Leonard in a trade from the San Antonio Spurs last season, has yet to announce his decision.

Leonard averaged career-highs with 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 60 games with Toronto this season. He elevated his play in the playoffs, averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on 49% shooting from the field, helping the Raptors win their first ever NBA championship.

Players can negotiate agreements with teams on July 1st but contracts can't be officially signed until the new league year begins on July 7.

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