Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler were rivals on the court when the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers clashed in the 2019 playoffs, but now the two stars might be considering linking up.
Leonard and Butler joining forces with the Los Angeles Clippers is looking “increasingly possible,” according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick.
Amick also claims there are “strong indications” Leonard is interested in having Butler play Robin to his Batman, which would give the Clippers as daunting of a one-two punch as there is in the NBA.
Making that possibility a reality would take a stroke of mastery from the Clippers. Leonard is their priority, and Los Angeles is widely reported to be very much in the mix to acquire him, but adding Butler is where things get more difficult.
The 29-year-old is seeking a max deal, which means the Clippers would reportedly need to find a new home for Danilo Gallinari and the $22.6 million he’s owed next year to clear cap space. They’re also not the only team coveting Butler, as the Philadelphia 76ers seem focused on retaining him. The Houston Rockets have also emerged as a player in the Butler sweepstakes, allegedly eyeing a sign-and-trade with Philadelphia.
Leonard’s not going to tip his hand as to his decision, but teaming up with Butler certainly seems like an intriguing option. Cover your ears, Raptors fans.
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