2. Kawhi Leonard
The Clippers have a star-studded roster, but Kawhi is unquestionably their best player. He is still an elite scorer, shooter, and defender when healthy. The five-time All-Star has not played more than 60 games in a season since 2017 and is synonymous with load management, but his on-court skill is near impossible to find.
Leonard has a player option for the 2024-25 season that he is expected to decline to become an unrestricted free agent. He chose the Clippers because he wanted to return home. LA has given him plenty of say, and there will certainly be interest from both sides in him staying.
The 76ers offer Leonard a better chance to contend. They have the reigning MVP and a blossoming 23-year-old star in Tyrese Maxey. Ivica Zubac, Terance Mann, and Bones Hyland are the only Clippers rotation players under 30 years old. The contention window is closing in Los Angeles but is wide open in Philly.
Kawhi Leonard ruined Joel Embiid’s best chance at a championship in 2019 with his Game 7 buzzer-beater. Could they team up to try to win one? Leonard has proven he can be the best player on a title-winning team and would fit fantasticly on the Philadelphia 76ers. If he stays healthy, no team would want to face the Sixers.