Report: Kawhi Leonard prefers Clippers over Lakers in potential LA move next year

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It's widely known that Kawhi Leonard has a soft spot for Los Angeles, especially for the Lakers.

The forward reportedly made that perfectly clear when he announced his desire to leave the San Antonio Spurs earlier this year, as he listed the Lakers as a top destination.

However, if reports are to be believed, the two-time All-Star has either had a change of heart, or we've been thinking all wrong about Kawhi's desire to play in Los Angeles.

According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on ESPN Los Angeles, Leonard's wishlist of teams for 2019's free agency next summer goes as follows:

"The Clippers are the No. 1-ranked team for Kawhi Leonard next season. The Raptors are No. 2, and the Lakers are No. 3."

In the eyes of Kawhi, it looks as though he's still looking for a move to Los Angeles, but it's the Clippers that is the desired landing spot now.

Then, if he can't land there, he'll look to stay at his current new team who he was traded to this summer, the Toronto Raptors, before looking in the direction of the Lakers.

While this mindset might change as the season goes on, there is already much speculation as to why the former Spurs star no longer sees the Lakers as the top destination next summer.

Kawhi Leonard prefers Clippers over Lakers in potential LA move next year

NBC Sports' Kurt Helin has stated that Leonard might not want to join the Lakers because he doesn't want to play in the shadow of LeBron James, who joined the team this offseason.

Also, reports have stated that Kawhi doesn't want to be part of the celebrity culture that is pretty much guaranteed for any top star that joins the Lakers.

This list of top destinations could change throughout the season if he falls in love with Toronto during his time with the Raptors.

Toronto is already doing everything they can in order to keep Leonard at the Raptors next summer, as they have hired one of his good friends into the staff.

If the Lakers want to land Kawhi in 2019, they may have to go above and beyond in order to make it happen and do more than what the Clippers and Raptors are to convince the forward to come to them.

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