After a blistering start to NBA free agency, Kawhi Leonard’s future remains a mystery.
While most of the big names have made their deals, either signing with new teams or getting a big payday from their old ones, Leonard has remained on the sidelines of free agency.
But on Monday night, an eyebrow-raising $10,000 bet was placed on the Los Angeles Lakers to win the 2020 title, and it could be the best indication yet that Leonard is close to joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis in purple and gold.
According to Arash Markazi at the Los Angeles Times, the bet was placed at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook at 7-4 odds.
It’s possible there was simply a confident bettor who felt like putting a hefty bet on the Lakers. But as Markazi notes, the last time a $10,000 bet in came on the Lakers, it was just minutes before the team announced that they had traded for Anthony Davis.
“I’m sure it was with knowledge, but that’s why we have liability limits in place,” Jeff Sherman, the manager at the Westgate, told Darren Rovell of The Action Network after the first bet was made.