Push for Kawhi Leonard to sign with Clippers moves to billboards

A pair of billboards urging NBA Finals most valuable player Kawhi Leonard to move to Southern California popped up around Los Angeles as NBA free agency is set to begin.
(Andrew Greif / Los Angeles Times)

With the opening of NBA free agency just around the corner on June 30, a pair of digital billboards wooing NBA Finals most valuable player Kawhi Leonard went live over the weekend in Southern California.

The billboards are located along northbound Interstate 5 in Downey. One is an image of a California vanity license plate featuring the word KAWHI. Another says King of SoCal plus #KAWHI2LAC.

The Clippers are one of several teams attempting to sign Leonard, a Southern California native and two-time NBA champion, in free agency should he decline a player option with Toronto for next season, which he is expected to do.

The person or group behind the effort wasn’t immediately known but a Clippers spokesman said the organization had nothing to do with the billboards. Because Leonard is still currently under contract with Toronto, the billboards could constitute a tampering violation if the Clippers were involved.


A billboars urges Kawhi Leonard to return to his native Southern California and play for the Clippers.
(Andrew Greif / Los Angeles Times)

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