After Kawhi Leonard won NBA Finals MVP in 2014, Kevin Durant essentially said Leonard was a product of the Spurs’ system. As Leonard, who’s now thriving with the Raptors, grew into a superstar, Durant praised him while maintaining he didn’t regret his 2014 comment.
That could complicate matters for a team like the Clippers, who plan to pursue both Leonard and Durant in free agency next summer.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
I was talking to somebody about that, somebody who knows Kawhi. And I’m just going to give it the qualifier here that, who really knows Kawhi? I mean, very few, I mean very, very few people. Certainly I’m not saying that this is some sort of insight that is dazzling. But, from what I understand, when Kawhi heard that quote, that he was a system player, that it really, really p—ed him off and that that’s one of the things that you carry with him.
The odds were against a team getting both Leonard and Durant next summer, anyway. The odds are always against two superstars pairing up.