Anthony Davis tried to recruit Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers in free agency but had no idea what would work with the enigmatic star
- Anthony Davis tried to recruit Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Lakers during free agency.
- Davis admitted he did not know the best way to recruit Leonard and wondered if he was texting him too much. Leonard's free agency process was a mystery to many in the NBA.
- Davis said Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka ultimately solicited his opinion on the Lakers free agent signings, calling him every 30-45 minutes as they moved to Plan B after missing out on Leonard.
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In a summer where many of the biggest NBA free agents landed contracts in the opening hours, Kawhi Leonard's decision felt drawn out.Leonard's landing spot in free agency was not known until the early hours of July 6, six days after free agency began, when it was announced he would join the Los Angeles Clippers, bringing Paul George with him.
"Kawhi's not a big recruiter guy. That's what I heard," Davis told Nichols. "I would send him texts every now and then, and just [think], 'Is this too much?'"Nichols laughed that nobody knew how to properly recruit Leonard, comparing it to dating."You really don't know," Davis said.
Ultimately, Leonard wanted to join the Clippers but wanted them to find a second star to join him. He reportedly recruited George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, convincing him to ask the Thunder for a trade. A source close to George told ESPN that Leonard, despite being quiet and mysterious to much of the league, is a "hell of a recruiter."
Davis told Nichols in the opening days of free agency, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka called him every 30-45 minutes, soliciting Davis' opinions on different players. Davis said he even had to tell Pelinka to hold off on calling him while he went to the movies.
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