NBA News: Anthony Davis Says Lakers Were ‘Really Close’ To Signing Kawhi Leonard

Anthony Davis during an NBA game

Coming off a championship with the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard considered remaining with the franchise, although he was always determined to return home. The Los Angeles Lakers’ acquisition of Anthony Davis in the offseason increased their odds at signing Leonard. While the interest was mutual between the two sides, Leonard ended up forming a new partnership with Paul George for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Leonard took his time during the free agency process with his decision, coming later than anticipated. After meeting with representatives from all three teams, there was no clear favorite in the race, but many rumors indicated that the Lakers had made a good impression. Davis wasn’t involved in the recruitment process, but he was also optimistic about the Lakers’ chances of landing the 2019 NBA Finals MVP.

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