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Lakers reportedly still believe they’re the favorites for Kawhi Leonard, whose camp insists teams not leak about free agency process

The Lakers might feel good about their chances of signing Kawhi Leonard in free agency, but they’re (hopefully) not going to boast about it.

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While things are subject to change, the general belief is that there are three teams in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes: the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers and Toronto Raptors.

However, if you were to ask anyone within the Lakers organization, they’d probably tell you they’ve got Leonard in the bag.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Lakers are confident with where they stand with Leonard after his conversation with Magic Johnson on Sunday. It also seems LeBron James has done some recruiting, too:

However, in spite of their confidence, the Lakers aren’t expected to leak anything of significance out of respect for Leonard and his camp, who want to keep this process as low key as possible:

Uh... Let’s just ignore that basically Johnson’s whole conversation with Leonard leaked, then, or hope his camp only cares about leaks from people currently employed by the Raptors, Lakers or Clippers.

Regardless, leaking much more than that at this stage would be premature because, as far as we know, Leonard has yet to meet with the Raptors. As Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first reported on Friday, Toronto will be the last team Leonard meets with.

On top of the official team pitch the Raptors will make, they’ll also reportedly get a little help from Toronto’s own Aubrey Graham, the rapper better known as Drake:

If Drake drops the anthem of the summer titled “Chips With the Dip” and Leonard gets a shoutout like, “No slowing down now, I’m just hitting my prime/Find me posted in The Six with Kawhi, apple time,” it’s going to be hard for the Lakers to come up with a better pitch.

But even then, the Lakers would still be a pretty appealing destination for Leonard, who would make Los Angeles title favorites upon his arrival. Here’s to hoping Leonard makes his decision sooner rather than later, and that the Lakers’ confidence isn’t misplaced.

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