California billboards appeal to Kawhi Leonard to leave Canada for the Golden State

LOS ANGELES — Looks like Toronto’s got some major competition in the ongoing battle to sign superstar Kawhi Leonard.

With the official start of free agency just days away, at which point the 27-year-old forward will be free to either re-sign with the Toronto Raptors or take his league-leading skills elsewhere, two massive billboards mysteriously popped up in California this past weekend that appear to be aimed directly at the NBA Finals MVP.

Towering over Interstate 5 in Downey, California, just 10 miles from the Staples Centre, home of the Los Angeles Clippers, the billboards make a direct case for Leonard to pack his bags and move back to his home state. One billboard reads ‘King Of The North’, a direct nod to Leonard’s legendary status north of the border, but with the last two words scratched out and replaced with ‘SoCal’. The second billboard is of a California licence plate that reads KAWHI’ along with the hashtag #ClipperNation.

According to the Clippers, they know nothing about the signage.

This may be all fun and games, but with new reports of Leonard booking a meeting with the Clippers on July 2, Raptors nation is understandably worried.

Let’s hope Leonard never sees the billboards. Fingers crossed, he’ll stay!