Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday’s championship parade and rally. He was asked about a few different things.
Leonard declined to say how much pain he endured en route to winning his second career title.
“We’re always battling through things,” he said. “You know, knee pains, ankles, fingers. Everybody was just grinding it out.”
He even talked about the weather in Toronto:
“It was a good experience, experiencing Mother Nature, all four seasons,” he said. “Man, it was a great experience. Everybody off the court was great. The fans, just meeting people in Canada. It’s been fun.”
And finally he was asked about his free agency plans.
For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP isn’t saying whether he’ll use it to keep a door open or close it behind him and move on.
“I’m going to take the right time,” Leonard told Ian Harrison of the Associated Press. “You don’t need too many days to figure it out. We’ll see what happens. Once that time comes, then we’ll all lay the pros and cons out.”
After two months of playoff basketball, Leonard doesn’t have a lot of time left to be a fun guy, free agency gets underway at 6 p.m. Eastern on June 30th.
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