Raptors fans were optimistic that this could be a clue of Leonard’s upcoming free agency decision, with the 2014 Finals MVP scheduled to become a free agent on June 30, one day after his 28th birthday. He’ll likely register interest from several suitors outside of Toronto, including his hometown teams in Los Angeles.
“No, it didn’t. It didn’t happen yet, no,” Leonard said of the report.
Leonard has guided the Raptors through the Eastern Conference and out to a 3-1 series lead over the Warriors, averaging a playoff career-high 31.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 22 postseason games.
The Raptors have a chance to win their first ever NBA championship on Monday night, a pivotal game for a franchise hoping to persuade Leonard to re-sign on a lucrative free-agent contract this summer.
There’s more from the Eastern Conference tonight:
- The Pistons could be focused on a wing player with their first-round pick, as noted by Rod Beard of The Detroit News. Detroit was awarded the No. 15 overall selection in the draft, coming off a season where the team finished 41-41 with the eighth seed.
- Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said he has no symptoms and no concussion after being elbowed in Game 4, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun tweets. VanVleet exited the game early to receive seven stitches for the wound, later returning courtside for his team.
- The Hornets are hosting a pre-draft workout on Monday, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer tweets. Charlotte will work out Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan), Moses Brown (UCLA), Mfiondu Kabengele (Florida State), DJ Laster (Gardner-Webb), Makai Mason (Baylor) and Marcquise Reed (Clemson).
- The Wizards also have a pre-draft workout set for Monday, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington. The team will work out Brandon Better (Southern Utah), Joe Cremo (Villanova), Jon Davis (Charlotte), Malik Dunbar (Auburn), Paul Eboua (Africa) and Kaleb Johnson (Georgetown).