NBA releases schedule: Kawhi in Toronto Dec. 11

The 2019-20 NBA schedule was unveiled Monday and Kawhi Leonard will make his return to Toronto on Dec. 11 as the LA Clippers visit the defending champion Raptors. – NBA

Kawhi and Paul George present a second chance for Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers celebrated on the steps of Nobu Malibu, and with “Lob City” now in the rearview mirror, the Clippers know the time to maximize their star acquisitions is now. – NBA

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? – NBA

Rumor: Kawhi Leonard’s advisor and uncle, Dennis Robertson, asked teams for guaranteed sponsorship money

Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers won the offseason. Leonard got a max contract to play in Southern California, where he grew up and clearly wanted to return. The Raptors have spread word Leonard's advisor and uncle, Dennis Robertson, made unreasonable requests.

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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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Source: Kawhi signs shorter 3-year Clips deal

Kawhi Leonard’s three-year deal with the Clippers lines up with that of teammate Paul George, setting up possible free agency for both again in 2021. – NBA

Kawhi shocker shows why he’s second to none

Kawhi Leonard not only repeated his self-made history as a dynasty killer but also turned himself into a king maker by joining the Clippers with Paul George.

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Kawhi is the most powerful man in the NBA

The superstar's free agency decision has the potential to change everything in the NBA.

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Sources: KD, Kawhi mulling free-agent scenarios

Free-agent stars Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard have been discussing scenarios that could include a future with them playing together, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

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. – TOP

Ujiri to stay in Toronto, ‘confident’ about Kawhi

Raptors president Masai Ujiri says he plans to stay in Toronto despite rumors that others teams could try to pry him away. – NBA

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. – TOP

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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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. – NBA

The Kawhi pitch: Toronto’s best case to keep its superstar free agent

When the Finals ends, this is the pitch Toronto can make to Leonard with confidence. – TOP

Kawhi trade pays off with Raptors’ Finals berth

As he has been throughout the playoffs, Kawhi Leonard was the difference-maker for the Raptors in Saturday night’s Game 6, prompting president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri to label him “the best player in the league.” – NBA

How Kawhi ripped East finals from Giannis’ hands

Giannis Antetokounmpo is having issues running the Bucks' offense and scoring against the Raptors' Kawhi Leonard, who has Toronto on the brink of the NBA Finals.

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‘It’s the Kawhi effect’: The impact of having a transcendent star

The Raptors’ bench supported Kawhi Leonard by scoring 48 points in a Game 4 win. – NBA

Lowe: How Kawhi and the Raptors can compete in a must-win Game 4

Milwaukee makes it hard to score, but Toronto might have some tricks to try as it attempts to even up the series. – TOP

Lowe: All the surprising ways Giannis and Kawhi define the East finals

Will the Klaw guard Giannis Antetokounmpo? Can the Bucks slow down Kawhi Leonard? – TOP

Lowe: Kawhi, DeRozan, adjustments and more keys to Game 2s

Here are the moves and matchups to watch in Raptors-Magic and Nuggets-Spurs. – TOP

Silent superstar: Kawhi fuels Raptors’ hopes

Kawhi Leonard's quiet confidence makes this year’s Toronto team different from the past.

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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. – NBA

The underrated star who loves causing problems for KD, Russ and Kawhi

Jrue Holiday loves the challenge of shutting down NBA superstars, and is ready for whatever Anthony Davis decides to do. – NBA

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. – TOP

Pop not looking back as Kawhi return approaches

Kawhi Leonard will return to San Antonio for the first time since being traded to Toronto, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich isn’t interested in rehashing the past. – NBA

Kawhi will be the next great test of Toronto’s place in the NBA

The journey to obtain a spot on the list of good NBA franchises is the story of the Toronto Raptors. – NBA

Pop: Kawhi great player, but wasn’t leader for us

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard’s “talent will always be missed,” but that Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills filled the leadership roles during Leonard’s time in San Antonio. – NBA

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. – NBA

5-on-5: Predicting the loaded East race after the Kawhi trade

Our Insiders answer the big questions about new Finals favorites and dark horse East contenders. – NBA

Official: Kawhi to Toronto, DeRozan to Spurs

The Toronto Raptors have acquired forward Kawhi Leonard in a larger trade package that sends guard DeMar DeRozan and a first-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs. – NBA

By George! Kawhi no lock for Lakers in 2019-20

It appears L.A. is the big winner with the news that Kawhi Leonard has been traded to the Raptors. But Paul George was supposed to be headed to Los Angeles, too.

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Pop on end of Kawhi saga: ‘Time to move on’

With the Spurs sending Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says it’s “time to move on.” – NBA

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. – TOP

Lowe: Kawhi trade talk mystery, and which teams could get involved

Will the Lakers or another team step up and make a deal for Kawhi Leonard? Zach Lowe breaks down the Kawhi conundrum. – TOP

How LeBron’s move changes Kawhi Leonard trade talks

Our experts discuss L.A.’s new complications in a Leonard trade and what other options San Antonio could consider. – NBA

Sources: Spurs talk to Lakers, Celtics for Kawhi

The Spurs are engaged with several teams in trade talks regarding All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, including the Lakers and Celtics, league sources told ESPN. – NBA

Predictions: Where LeBron, Paul George 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. – TOP

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?” – NBA

Lowe: Jaylen Brown for Kawhi? Not so fast, Boston

If San Antonio is trading Kawhi Leonard, what would Boston offer? Zach Lowe explores how far the Celtics should go. – TOP

Seven best Kawhi Leonard trades we’d like to see

The All-Star forward reportedly wants out of San Antonio. Our NBA Insiders give seven deals that work. – NBA

Sources: Kawhi wants to leave Spurs, eyes L.A.

After seven seasons in San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard says he wants to leave the club, sources told ESPN. Leonard has Los Angeles as a top destination, sources say. – NBA

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? – TOP

Pop unsure when Kawhi, ‘group’ will OK return

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Sunday he is unsure when Kawhi Leonard and “his group” will clear the star forward to return to the team. – NBA

Sources: Kawhi has final say, opts to stay out

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has been medically cleared to return from a right quad tendinopathy injury, but he has elected against returning to the active roster after consulting with a specialist to get a second opinion, sources told ESPN. – NBA

With Kawhi out, LaMarcus Aldridge to step front and center for Spurs

With Kawhi out, LaMarcus Aldridge to step front and center for Spurs – NBA