Magic Johnson reportedly may have hurt the Lakers’ pursuit of Kawhi Leonard by violating the star’s request to not discuss free agency

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Kawhi Leonard’s free-agency process was a bit of a mystery to the larger NBA world, in part because he wanted it that way.

While Leonard met with the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Toronto Raptors, he asked teams not to leak details to media or discuss the meetings, according to reports.

According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, Jovan Buha, and Shams Charania, one front-office executive who was involved in the process of free agency described the message from Leonard’s camp as: “It was basically, ‘Look, we would appreciate discretion.’ Which means, ‘Keep your f—ing mouth shut.'”

The same executive told The Athletic that the implication was that leaking details meant, “If you f— this up, you’re done, you’re out.”

Leonard wanted teams to operate in silence in free agency.
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During free agency, before Leonard decided to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Leonard’s camp told teams that leaking details would be “imperiling” to their chances of signing the NBA Finals MVP.

“The teams have simply been told this: If information on your presentation gets out, you’re really imperiling your chance to sign Kawhi Leonard,” Wojnarowski said.

Magic Johnson may have violated that request

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