LAS VEGAS – Kawhi Leonard might be coming back to Canada.
Calm down, he’s not returning to the Raptors and he probably won’t make the trip to Vancouver either on Oct. 17. That’s when Leonard’s Los Angeles Clippers will play the Dallas Mavericks as part of the seventh NBA Canada Series, which brings NBA pre-season games to various Canadian cities.
Knowing Leonard’s history of load management and his dislike of media circuses, it’s hard to imagine he will suit up. But you never know.
Either way, there should be some Canucks suiting up for the game. Dallas has Toronto native Dwight Powell, the Clippers just drafted Burlington’s Mfiondu Kabengele in the first round of the draft and former Raptor Delon Wright and have another former Raptor, Lou Williams, a regular sixth man of the year award winner.
The Mavericks also could bring rookie of the year Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to B.C. and Paul George could be in the lineup for the Clippers.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the NBA Canada Series for the first time. Vancouver is a very special city and we look forward to playing in front of their great fans again,” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said in a release.