NBA Free Agency Rumors: Clippers Emerging As Frontrunner To Sign Kawhi Leonard In 2019
Kawhi Leonard
Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018-19 NBA season has not officially started, but upcoming free agents like Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are already thinking ahead to July 1, 2019.

SHOP NOW: CHECK OUT THE LATEST MERCH ????????????

With Butler requesting a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves, he is reportedly ‘most determined’ to join the Los Angeles Clippers, but also included the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks on his list of preferred destinations.

As the Clippers are expected to have have two max-salary contract slots available in free agency, it appears Butler could get some help if it all goes according to his plan.

Despite Leonard being traded to the Toronto Raptors, the Clippers have emerged as the frontrunner to sign him, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July, and are emerging as a front-runner for Toronto’s All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a free agent in July, league sources said.

Throughout the upcoming season, there will be conflicting reports about Butler and Leonard. Butler was reportedly open to playing with LeBron James, but are now said to no longer be of interest to him because of the 14-time All-Star.

Meanwhile, it was suggested the Lakers have a significant chance to sign Leonard as a free agent.

Unlike free agency this year, the Lakers should have several top options in 2019. However, more competition as well as numerous teams will also have cap space.

Boasting James and a talented young core, they will have $38 million in cap space available in a free agency market that is expected to also feature DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson.

Are you following us on Instagram? We’ve changed our handle to @LakersNationOfficial! Find us on Facebook at @LakersNation, and on Twitter @LakersNation.

You May Also Like

NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics, Lakers Among Perceived Favorites To Acquire Anthony Davis In Potential Trade

With a free agency class expected to feature the likes of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson, much of the focus around the league…

Lakers Coaching Rumors: Tyronn Lue, Monty Williams Were ‘Primary Targets’ To Replace Luke Walton

At the conclusion of the 2018-19 NBA season, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton was widely expected to be fired…

Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Luke Walton Hopeful Julius Randle Can Return Soon

After a 9-9 start that nobody predicted, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt…

Lakers Rumors: Sacha Killeya-Jones Signs Exhibit 10 Contract With Thunder

The results of a successful performance during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League are coming to fruition for some…