Toronto Raptors officials have noticed a Clippers employee at “roughly 75 percent” of the team’s games so far this season, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Raptors officials have noticed a Clippers employee at roughly 75 percent of the team’s games thus far this season. Clippers officials say they’ve been at less than 50 percent of Leonard’s games. There have been games they attended where Leonard rested. That has included president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, which is rare. Presidents and general managers are almost never seen attending a game that doesn’t involve their teams.
It’s all part of what looks to be a master plan by owner Steve Ballmer.
While teams scouting upcoming free agents is not unusual, Windhorst reports that those keeping an eye on Leonard have included Clippers president Lawrence Frank, which is rare for a high-level executive.
The Clippers are expected to mount a significant free-agent pitch to Leonard if he opts out of his contract next summer.
This is called due diligence overkill.
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