“A lot of people in the NBA” believe the star will leave Toronto and sign elsewhere this summer, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Wednesday.
Kawhi Leonard came to the fore in Game 2 as the Toronto Raptors levelled the series with the Orlando Magic, earning praise from Kyle Lowry
The conference is loaded with talent and four teams have a legitimate chance to play for the title.
Leonard has averaged 27.2 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range in 2018-19.
When asked about the specifics of their exchange on Friday, the Thunder star responded: "That's between us."
The Raptors may not have their playoff position set in stone, but they are darn close, so there's little reason to push Leonard.
Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season. He is averaging 27 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a Raptor.
New York sent star big man Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas before the trade deadline, which opened up two max slots.
“I’m focused on this season," Leonard said Saturday after Toronto's 104-99 win over the Knicks.
Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis were among those named in the NBA All-Star reserves.