There have been rumors aplenty about where recently-traded Raptors F Kawhi Leonard could head in free agency in 2019, including New York a possibility. Many assumed that could only mean the Knicks.
Well, there might be another New York team with a chance at Leonard.
Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur said on the "Back to Back" podcast that Leonard is talking to other potential free agents about teaming up. One of those potential destinations could be Brooklyn, with the Nets wielding cap space next summer.
"He had already been in contact with other star players in the league saying, 'Hey, where might you want to play with me? What are we looking at?'" Arthur said. "And it wasn't just LA he was talking about. Brooklyn was maybe somewhere that was going to have a ton of cap space, that might have been a possibility."
The Nets currently have $65 million in cap space for the 2019/20 season, enough for two max contracts. On top of Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler can become free agents as well.
Leonard averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in just nine games this past season as he dealt with an injured quad. And the way the quad was handled was at the center of his rift with the Spurs during the season.
He played in 72 games for the Spurs in 2015-16 and 74 games in 2016-17, when he was one of the most productive players in the league.