Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers seem very happy together, but there have been some rumblings that he could look elsewhere this coming offseason in free agency. While it isn’t necessarily “likely” that he will leave, there is always a chance that he could consider that option. Should he choose to do so, the Miami Heat could be the team that could steal him away from L.A.
Pat Riley and company have been looking to pursue a superstar in the near future. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the name being most mentioned in rumors, but with him signing a huge extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, that option is off the table.
One NBA agent spoke to NBA Analysis Network about Leonard’s future and the possibility that he could leave the Clippers. He stated that the Heat would “intrigue” Leonard on the open market.
“Kawhi (Leonard) could very well listen to pitches from other teams. That is something that he is considering. If that does end up being the case, he would be intrigued at the possibility of joining the Miami Heat. Joining forces with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo is something that he would absolutely have interest in.”
So far this season, Leonard has had another very successful season with the Clippers. He has averaged 25.7 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.8 steals. Leonard has shot 51.4 percent from the floor overall and has knocked down 39.3 percent of his three-point attempts.
There is no question that winning is everything to Leonard. After watching the Heat make the NBA Finals last season, it was clear that they were only one piece away. Leonard could very well believe that he would be the missing piece that would take the Heat to the next level.
All of that being said, let’s take a closer look at the potential fit between the Heat and Kawhi Leonard.