We are now in Day 6 of the Kawhi Watch as the NBA superstar continues to mull over his decision that will surely send shock waves throughout the league. Will Kawhi Leonard make his decision on Friday?
Is Friday The Day?
Earlier Friday, Cris Carter of Fox Sports 1 believes Leonard will make his announcement on Friday and Carter is leaning towards the Los Angeles Lakers over the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers.
"For Kawhi, this is about which organization is going to support his quest to be the best player in the world and get as many championships as possible. To me, the only team that presents that is the Lakers. I believe there's going to be an announcement today," Carter said on FS1's First Things First on Friday morning.
However, later in the afternoon, Carter said Leonard is still undecided and won't make an announcement on Friday. Carter is also reporting that Leonard is not interested in signing a one or two year contract.
"After looking like we would find out today, we will not. Kawhi is still undecided & is not going to finalize his decision today," Carter tweeted. "Also, contrary to other reports, Kawhi is NOT interested in signing a 1 or 2 year deal. When he signs, it will be a long term contract.
Another Day, Another Plane
On Wednesday, the City of Toronto came to a halt when a MLSE plane that may have been carrying Leonard landed in Toronto before reportedly traveling to hotel for a meeting with president Masai Ujiri. Leonard was never confirmed to be in Toronto, but Twitter was filled with speculation.
On Friday, it appears another MLSE plane flew from Toronto to San Diego, according to CTV News' Tom Podolec. There is no word on who could have been on the plane.
Are The Clippers Out?
The Danny Green Situation
Danny Green, who came to Toronto alongside Leonard in the San Antonio Spurs trade, is also a free agent and will likely make his decision based on where Leonard goes. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski gives his take on how the veteran is impacted by Leonard.
Keep It Quiet
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne was on First Talk Friday morning and said the remaining organizations attempting to sign Leonard are doing their best to prevent any leaks from going public as it could hurt their chances.
"Teams involved here are operating with the understanding that if anything leaks on their side, it's going to hurt their chances with Kawhi Leonard. It's sort of like Fight Club. What's the first rule of Fight Club? You don't talk about Fight Club. That's how the three teams involved here are operating," explained Shelburne.
Like Carter, Shelburne feels the "finish line" is nearing, but couldn't commit to an announcement coming on Friday.
"The only thing I can tell you is I think we're getting to the finish line here, but whether that's today or tomorrow, by the end of the week that's a very general answer," she said.