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Kawhi Leonard gives Nets reason to dream about 2019.

Sean Marks was never going to go all-in like Magic Johnson, vowing to sign stars by next summer or quit. But the Nets’ reserved general manager sounded unusually bullish on 2019. Reports out of Toronto about Kawhi Leonard calling other stars to gauge their willingness to join him in free agency — and including Brooklyn...
Time: 23:03     Date: 18.07.2018
Last US Sport News: Kawhi Leonard gives Nets reason to dream about 2019. NY Post 24 - US News

Reports out of Toronto about Kawhi Leonard calling other stars to gauge their willingness to join him in free agency — and including Brooklyn on that list — give the Nets fans something to salivate over.

The Spurs and Raptors agreed on a deal Wednesday sending Leonard to the Raptors — a team Leonard reportedly is less than thrilled to be joining. He had been angling to get out of San Antonio all offseason.

“It’s being able to stay flexible, and that can happen in a year from now where we’ll have more tools,” said Marks. “At the season-ending press conference we did, there’s a different set of circumstances, so things have changed a little bit in the last three months. We have a year to prepare for summer of 2019.”

Considering where the Nets came from in the scorched-earth aftermath of the trade with the Celtics, they have to be almost giddy dreaming about the summer of 2019. They’ll not only have two first-round draft picks — their own selection for the first time since 2013 — but a trove of cap space.

Kawhi Leonard with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, with whom the star player clashed.AP

Granted, to land two max players they’d have to deal Allen Crabbe or let D’Angelo Russell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson go. But the point is they have the flexibility to big-game hunt for stars like Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler or Klay Thompson.

“The sky’s the limit to the expectations a year from now,” said Marks.

The sky might be the limit, but aiming for Leonard would be a moon shot.

Former Raptors beat writer turned columnist Bruce Arthur said on the “Back To Back” podcast that Leonard not only doesn’t want to stay in Toronto but has been reaching out to stars to link up with in 2019. And Arthur suggested the Lakers aren’t his only landing spot, but Brooklyn could well be on that shortlist.

Logic would dictate teaming up with LeBron James in L.A.. But Leonard has developed a familiarity with and fondness for New York.

Marks developed a good relationship with Robertson during his time in San Antonio, and Brooklyn has no fewer than 10 former Spurs employees, according to NetsDaily. They’d be a longshot to land Leonard, but if he doesn’t stay in Toronto or land in L.A., they’d provide a comfortable situation for him.

Whether it’s Leonard — or Irving and Butler, who reportedly want to team up in the East — the Nets have given themselves the ability to at least dream.

“It beats the alternative,” Marks said.

Sport

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Opinion

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Living

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Business

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Metro

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Sport

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