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NBA news: Kawhi Leonard drops trade clue with Lakers, Knicks, Nets and Clippers waiting | Other | Sport

Leonard swapped San Antonio Spurs for the Raptors in the off-season but only penned a one-year deal.

It means he may become one of the most sought-after free agents in 2019 and his future is a hot topic across all of NBA.

The defensive maestro is being tailed by Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, according to getmoresports.com.

However, Leonard could commit his future to the Raptors, especially if they continue their early-season form and win the Championship.

But given the small forward’s latest comments it appears he could see his future away from Canadian soil.

“It’s hard to really explore the city once you’re playing games,” Leonard said.

“You have a day off — I was just talking to somebody about that the other day, how we’ve been playing every other day for the past week or two weeks.

“So on those off days you really just want to rest and try to get your body ready for the next day and play a game.”

Leonard’s response came after being asked to name the best things about living in Toronto – to which he had none.

Meanwhile, NBA insider Stephen A Smith thinks the Lakers should pursue Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant instead of Leonard.

“I have said on many occasions, the thought that LeBron and Kawhi would guarantee you a championship is wrong,” Smith said on the Stephen A Smith Show.

“I know Kawhi is a superstar. I know he is big time and probably the best two-way player in basketball.

“But the fact is, when you look at his temperament, his basketball make-up and everything that comes with it, is he the ideal partner for LeBron James? No he is not.

“KD is a much better fit with LeBron than Kawhi Leonard because KD is a specialist in ways LeBron is not.

“Kawhi’s numbers are special and he can get to the hole at will, hit the three and the midrange game. There are no weaknesses in his game.”

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