After the Monday championship parade in Toronto, Raptors star Kawhi Leonard can turn his attention to June 30th.
At 18:00 ET that day, Leonard can start negotiating with the teams as a free agent. Players cannot be officially signed until 6 July, but news often spreads during the negotiation period.
Leonard should give up a $ 21.3 million player option next season, part of an agreement signed with the San Antonio Spurs before being ceded to the Raptors last summer.
The striker, who will be celebrating his 28th birthday on June 29th, offered some clues about what he plans to do during the season.
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"I'll have fun with my teammates and coaches and I'll think about it later," said Leonard after winning the championship against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
Raptors can offer more money and duration than other teams due to NBA rules.
Toronto can sign Leonard on a five-year contract worth 190 million US dollars, about 50 million dollars more than he could have done with a four-year deal with another team.
The Los Angeles native has been tied to his hometown Clippers for months, and dates back to last summer when rumors that Leonard wanted to get out of San Antonio took over.
When asked if Toronto was one of his favorite trading destinations after Thursday's game, Leonard did nothing to eliminate the L.A.
"We all know where my destinations were," said Leonard. "But of course as I said, when I was there at the opening day meeting, I was focused on the time and I wanted to make history here and that's all I've done."
Leonard is one of many potential free selection agents, a group that includes Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. However, the latter two suffered serious injuries while playing with the Warriors in the NBA finals against Toronto.
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